By CAP’s Jorge Madrid.
Polls show momentum is growing for the No on Prop 23 campaign, which seeks to defeat a November 2nd ballot initiative — sponsored by two Texas oil companies — to repeal California’s landmark clean energy and climate law, AB 32.
Yesterday, religious leaders representing a wide spectrum of faiths and regions across California announced they are joining forces to defeat Proposition 23:
We have a moral responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among us – our children, the elderly, the poor – who suffer the most from air pollution,” said Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, President of the California Interfaith Power and Light.
“Church councils find a deeper unity in our common concern for the stewardship of God’s creation. We want clean air and a healthy environment; therefore we recommend a no vote on Proposition 23,” said Rev. Albert G. Cohen, Executive Director of the Southern California Ecumenical Council.
Gates and Innovators of the New Economy Join the Fight
This week Microsoft founder Bill Gates joined the fight against Prop 23, with a $700,000 donation to the campaign. This support comes a week after Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin contributed $200,000 to the No on 23 campaign, and Intel Corp. co-founder Gordon Moore contributed $1 million.
This shows that the leaders of the new economy realize just how important clean energy and clean air are to competing in the world economy,” said Steve Maviglio, spokesman for the No on 23 committee.
President Barack Obama and former Vice President Al Gore rounded out this week’s impressive list of AB 32 supports (and Prop 23 opponents).
The president is opposed to Prop. 23 — A veiled attempt by corporate polluters to block progress towards a clean energy economy”¦ If passed, the initiative would stifle innovation, investment in R&D and cost jobs for the state of California,” announced White House spokesman Adam Abrams.
Finally, in a video message this week, former Vice President and Al Gore urged California Voters to reject Prop 23:
The fight for America’s clean energy future is taking place right now, and it’s come to California”¦. This is a fight we simply cannot afford to lose.
No on Prop 23 Momentum is Gaining
This wave of support for California’s clean energy and climate laws are putting the pressure on Texas oil companies and the proponents of Prop 23 – who have seen support for the measure continue to slip, according to recent polls.
With less than two weeks until the election, the stakes are higher than ever!