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Friedman Against Prop 23: ‘This Is A Fight Worth Having’

By Brad Johnson  

"Friedman Against Prop 23: ‘This Is A Fight Worth Having’"

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New York Times op-ed columnist Tom Friedman has joined the fight against Proposition 23, the Tea Party effort to kill AB 32, California’s climate law that he describes as “the best thing we have going to stimulate clean-tech in America.” Saying that “this is a fight worth having,” Friedman cites ThinkProgress coverage of how oil giants like Koch Industries are bankrolling the Proposition 23 campaign. Noting that Republicans Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and George Schultz are leading the charge against Prop 23 and for the clean-tech investment spurred by AB 32, Friedman concludes that the “real joke is thinking that if California suspends its climate laws that Mother Nature will also take a timeout”:

The real joke is thinking that if California suspends its climate laws that Mother Nature will also take a timeout. “We can wait to solve this problem as long as we want,” says Nate Lewis, an energy chemist at the California Institute of Technology: “But Nature is balancing its books every day. It was a record 113 degrees in Los Angeles the other day. There are laws of politics and laws of physics. Only the latter can’t be repealed.”

Watch Countdown’s coverage of Schwarzenegger fighting against the “black oil hearts” of Koch, Tesoro, and Valero:

To join the fight, go to www.stopdirtyenergyprop.com, join on Facebook, or contribute to the Stop Prop 23 campaign.

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