Our good friends at Vote Solar just let us in on a not-so-wonderful little news flash: If Prop 23 (which is on the ballot in California this November) passes, thestate’s renewable energy mandate will drop from a respectable 33% by2020 to a dismal 20%. That’s because Prop 23 would repeal AB32,California’s landmark climate change law, which authorized the Governorto mandate 33% by Executive Order. As the San Jose Mercury News opined, “If Prop 23 passes, clean-energy investment will come to a halt.”
It’s pretty maddening when renewable energy advocates spend yearsworking to get the state to pass a strong renewable energy portfoliostandard, only to have a couple of self-interested Texas oil companiescome in and bankroll a giant backlash. It’s also pretty scary–if AB32goes, so goes the planet. In the absence of a national or globalcommitment to curbing climate change, the world has its hopes pinned onCalifornia to show how carbon emissions can be controlled whilegenerating green jobs and economic growth. If California, the 8thlargest economy in the world, abandons its climate change law, who willstep in to take its place…and when? There’s very little time.
Our friends at Vote Solar are urging everyone to donate generously to the No on 23 campaign and we second the motion:
“The No on Prop 23 campaign is putting together TV spots, web toolsand advertising, voter mobilization, etc–all the critical tools ofmodern campaigning. They are also supporting Communities United, acoalition of top-notch groups with a plan to reach 1.5 million swingvoters in communities of color through phone calls, mailings, doorknocking, get-out-the-vote precinct walking, and more.
They need dough to make it happen. A lot of dough. Be generous:
Bottom line, this thing needs to die deader than dead. Act now or no complaining later.”