Please join Global Green in OPPOSING Proposition 23 which will appear on the California ballot on November 2, 2010.
Two Texas oil companies are spending millions to push Prop. 23, a deceptive initiative that would kill California clean energy and air pollution control standards.
Four years ago, with support from businesses, labor, environmental and health organizations California passed a clean air law – AB 32 – that holds polluters accountable and requires them to reduce air pollution that threatens human health and contributes to global climate change. Global Green successfully fought for language in AB 32 that provides direct benefit to low income communities (Section 38565 of the legislation).
This law, building on decades of state clean energy policies, has launched our state to the forefront of the clean technology industry – sparking innovation and clean energy businesses that are creating hundreds of thousands of new California jobs.
But the oil companies' Prop. 23 would:
We are also concerned because of the the way the ballot proposition is currently written. It could usurp any programs that implement AB 32 which, if interpreted broadly, could include laws like AB 758 - also championed by Global Green - that requires the California Energy Commission to develop a comprehensive energy efficiency in existing buildings program. It is critical that we defeat the ill-conceived Prop 23 and we need your help! Please read on for ways you can get involved.
According to the Secretary of State’s website, San Antonio, Texas-based Tesoro has dropped another $1 million to support the Yes campaign. Ditto for Wichita, Kansas-based Flint Hills Resources. Flint Hill is wholly-owned by Koch Industries.
According to the website, www.DirtyEnergyMoney.com, Koch Industries is the single largest contributor of oil money to federal and state candidates in the energy industry (followed by Valero). The Center for Public Integrity recently completed a major report on the company noting “Koch Industries could be the biggest oil company you have never heard of — unless, that is, you hang around the halls of government in Washington…(it) is a huge oil conglomerate controlled by brothers Charles and David Koch, two of the country's richest men and among the biggest backers of conservative and libertarian causes. With estimated revenue of about $40 billion last year, Koch is bigger than Microsoft, Merrill Lynch and AT&T.” Koch has repeatedly come under attack from the Department of Justice and other regulators for violating federal clean air and hazardous waste laws.
So here’s the latest count of campaign dollars for the dirty energy industry’s campaign to kill California’s clean energy and clean air standards:
Total Contributions to date: $8,221,096
Contributions from oil interests: $7,987,995 (97% of the total)
Contributions from out of state: $7,307,995 (89% of the total)
Valero, Tesoro & Koch Industries: $6,575,000 (80% of the total)
Valero = $4,050,000.00
Tesoro = $1,525,000.00
Koch = $1,000,000.00
LOS ANGELES TIMES - L.A. mayor, Latino activists take on oil companies over Proposition 23
HUFFINGTON POST - Californian Leader Slams Proposal to Scrap Climate Legislation
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS - Editorial: Vote No on Proposition 23
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS - Global warming measure could suspend other landmark environmental rules
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS - Cleantech industry coming out against Prop. 23
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS - Valero adds $3M to oppose Calif. climate law
HUFFINGTON POST - Top Economists Agree: Don't Block AB 32
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“This initiative sponsored by greedy Texas oil companies would cripple California’s fastest growing economic sector, reverse our renewable energy policy and decimate our environmental progress for the benefit of these oil companies’ profit margins. I will not allow this to happen on my watch. We will continue moving this state forward with our comprehensive energy policy that creates jobs, reduces our reliance on foreign oil and ensures the California we love will be the California we hand over to the next generation.”