La Opinion denounced Proposition 23 earlier this week, recommending that voters vote no on the dangerous proposition in November. This follows a long list of newspapers that have joined with California’s leading businesses and environmental leaders to reject Proposition 23.
The newspaper cited the fact that only oil companies would benefit from Prop 23, whereas other industries, including green tech would lose. “Many would suffer for the financial gain of a few,” and not just in a business sense. La Opinion also cited the health benefits that come along with restricting greenhouse gas emissions – because of the correlation between reducing carbon emissions and other forms of air pollution.
La Opinion’s rejection of Prop 23 comes as the Yes on 23 forces are attempting to play their misleading and disproved claim that Prop 23 would lead to more jobs in the minority community. Many groups have organized around the state with environmental justice organizations to defeat Prop 23, contacting voters to discuss why Prop 23 is so dangerous to California as a whole, but particularly minority communities.
“Prop 23 adds insult to injury. Immigrant groups, especially Latinos, are disproportionately harmed by greenhouse gases and toxic emissions,” the Wonk Room published in a recent post. In fact, Latinos are the ethnic group most likely to value clean air – probably because 1 in 6 suffers from asthma.
“In the fight against climate change, Latinos and immigrants are a strong ally. Latinos make up about 20 percent of the electorate and 37 percent of the population in California. Polls have shown that Latino voters don’t accept the false choice between the economy and the environment. Latinos are the most likely racial/ethnic group to consider regional air pollution a big problem, as well as the most likely group that considers the effects of global warming is already happening.”
So bravo to La Opinion for calling Prop 23 exactly what it is – a huge giveaway to the oil industry, from the state of California. Luckily, there is enough time to beat Prop 23 – and that’s the way the vote seems to be trending. Good thing La Opinion is paying attention.
Guest blogger Araceli Ruano is CAP’s Senior Vice President and Director of California. Andrew Fitzgerald Adams also contributed.