Schwarzenegger: “Prop 23 is a job killer that will crush California’s fast growing clean energy economy and result in more pollution. We must send a strong message to the greedy Texas oil companies by voting No on 23.”
Today at Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Latino business groups and leaders from around the Southland met to denounce Proposition 23. The business interests at the event represented the strong support in much of California’s business community for A.B. 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. This support stems from the increased opportunities in research and innovation that A.B. 32 has created for California through promoting renewable forms of energy.
The Governor noted that A.B. 32 has created jobs throughout the state, causing even some of the most conservative areas in the state to support California’s role in addressing global warming. He once again added his voice to the thousands of businesses and municipalities that have come out against Prop 23.
As Governor Schwarzenegger said, “Prop 23 is a job killer that will crush California’s fast growing clean energy economy and result in more pollution. We must send a strong message to the greedy Texas oil companies by voting No on 23.”
PG&E and SDG&E have rejected Proposition 23, as well as two of the state’s major health care providers. Levi Strauss, Google and Meg Whitman‘s eBay all oppose Prop 23. As Jonathan Port, CEO of PermaCity Solar said, “If Proposition 23 passes, my company could be forced to scale back operations or take our business elsewhere. . . . Prop 23 is bad for the environment, and for California’s economy.”
Today’s event reminded Californians why preparing for a new energy economy is just good business sense; and why calling Prop 23 a “jobs initiative” is jaded, oil-soaked doublespeak. Study after study has come out to show that conservation and developing new sources of energy has created thousands of jobs for California. And seeing the diversity of the speakers on the dais inspired confidence that voters saw through the smoke screen of false ads and rumors spread by oil companies..
Prop 23 is opposed by the traditional green groups – the Sierra Club, NRDC, Environment California. But what is interesting is that No on 23′s co-chairs are Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of State and the director of one of the world’s largest investment fund to oppose 23. Now that is not your normal pairing.
As Mary Leslie, President, Los Angeles Business Council said, “Seven of the top 10 U.S. clean energy companies are located in California, and California received 60% market share of national venture capital investment in clean energy in the last year alone – five times more than our nearest rival state, Massachusetts. California is home to 12,000 clean energy businesses. We have 500,000 clean energy jobs Prop 23 jeopardizes all those jobs, and all those investments.”
When the sitting Governor, the state’s environmental groups and Southern California’s business leaders all get together to oppose an initiative, it must be for a good reason. If you can judge a proposition by its enemies, then 23 has something for everyone. Something for everyone to dislike”¦.
– Guest blogger Araceli Ruano is the Senior Vice President for CAP’s California Office. Andrew Fitzgerald Adams also contributed to this post.
JR: Here are five things you can do to win this fight:
- Visit the “No on 23″³ website, learn the facts & sign up: www.StopDirtyEnergyProp.com.
- Educate yourself on how California’s climate & energy laws have created companies & jobs: www.CABrightSpot.com.
- Tell your friends by email, on Facebook, at work, & everywhere else.
- Participate in the debate. Write letters to the editor and post comments on blogs & websites.
- Contribute (click here). The other side’s leader, right-wing California Assemblyman Dan Logue, has publicly said he expects the oil companies to spend $50 million.