In 2006, California adopted a groundbreaking green plan — best known as AB 32 — to dramatically cut back on carbon emissions, committing to reduce them by 15 percent over 12 years. Just four years later, however, this plan could get derailed by dirty energy companies. This November, Californians will vote on Proposition 23 — an initiative that, if passed, would put the carbon cutting plan on hold until the state unemployment rate goes down.

Environmentalists are fighting hard to make Prop 23 go down in defeat by showing that environmental and economic goals are not mutually exclusive. After all, a commitment to clean energy’s a commitment to creating green jobs in clean energy. Catch up on the latest Prop 23 news over the long weekend — and start get involved next week if you haven’t already!

>> Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s vocally against Prop 23, the LA Times reports:

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday rebuked Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp., which operate refineries in Wilmington, for bankrolling a measure that would effectively scuttle the state’s efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

“Go home, Texas oil companies,” Villaraigosa urged at a news conference…. “We won’t compromise our environmental and health standards so you can make more money,” he said.

>> On the other end of the political spectrum, Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is pro Prop 23. In a debate with incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer earlier this week, Fiorina fumbled by saying she hadn’t taken a position on Prop 23 yet. However, earlier today, Fiorina made her decision. Reports the AP:
Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina on Friday endorsed an oil-company funded ballot initiative that seeks to indefinitely delay California’s landmark global warming law.
The California League of Conservation Voters’ blog quickly came out with a rebuttal to Fiorina’s charge that Prop 23 would save jobs:
Once again, Fiorina proves she is not only out of touch with Californians, who overwhelmingly support the state’s leadership on clean energy and climate change, but she is also out of touch with the facts, which show that AB 32 is creating the one bright spot in California’s economy and attracting the majority of the nation’s venture capital investment in clean energy technology.
>> And sadly, the pro Prop 23 campaign became $2 million richer this week. Koch Industries subsidiary oil company called Flint Hills Resources donated $1 million, while oil refiner Tesoro contributed the other $1 million, according to the Sacramento Bee. (via Triple Pundit)

>> Want to fight back? Get behind Credo Action’s Hell No on Prop. 23 campaign by joining the Rally to Stop Texas Oil tomorrow. Just show up Sep. 4 at noon at the Valero gas station at 3071 S. Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles to rally with fellow environmentalists.

>> And stay involved with the anti Pro 23 activists by joining the No on 23 campaign. That website will keep you updated on the latest Prop 23 news and events until we go to vote in November!

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