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Clean Technology Industry Opposes Prop 23

Clean technology industry advocates packed the “Googleplex” Tuesday morning to voice their opposition to a California ballot proposition that would suspend a law to curb greenhouse gas emissions, reports the San Jose Mercury News. If voters roll back California’s landmark climate change bill in November, the state’s burgeoning green economy and the jobs it has created may be lost, clean technology leaders warned.

Proposition 23, if approved would block a previously passed law–AB32–from regulating emissions in California until unemployment levels drop below 5.5 percent for a full year. AB32 requires California emission levels match the levels specified by the Kyoto Protocol–1990 levels by 2020, and it’s set to take effect in 2012.

The measure is largely funded by Texas oil giants Valero and Tesoro and would, opponents of the measure say, essentially kill AB 32, the climate change bill passed in 2008 to dramatically reduce the state’s carbon emissions.

Supporters of Proposition 23, which also include the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the California Manufacturers and Technology Association, warn that the implementation of AB 32 will create financial hardships for smaller businesses that have been struggling through the recession because it will result in higher energy costs.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom lambasted the oil companies at a press conference announcing the release of a new report detailing numerous environmental violations by Valero and Tesoro, noting that the companies own four facilities on the list of the top 15 worst polluters in California, reports SFStreetsBlog.com.

“The idea that their spokesperson would say we want to help the California economy by rolling back AB 32 is laughable. Do you think private corporations out of Texas in the oil business actually want to spend tens of millions of dollars to help the California economy? That’s nonsense. This is purely about their bottom line. They are impacting the one thing that’s working in California and that’s our green jobs sector,” Mayor Newsome told SFStreetsBlog.com.

Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, Google “Green Energy Czar” Bill Weihl, California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols and PG&E Senior Vice President Tom Bottorff held a wide-ranging panel discussion about California’s leadership in clean technology and the importance of regulatory certainty.

AB 32 created markets,” Khosla told CNet News. “Prop. 23 will kill the market and the single largest source of job growth in California in the last two years.”

Khosla said that for progress to be made in developing new clean sources of energy, markets are going to have to be established so businesses have an incentive to develop cleaner energy sources. He argued AB32 did just that in requiring businesses to cut emissions, and if there’s no market for clean technologies, no progress will be made.

Weihl said that Google, which has data centers that use huge amounts of electricity, is eager to both reduce its electricity use and move toward cleaner energy.

“Rolling (AB32) back would get rid of the certainty that investors rely on,” Weihl said, suggesting that private funding for clean-energy technology would either dry up or move overseas if there was no market for such technologies in California. “Having markets that are predictable is much better than subsidies.”

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5 thoughts on “Clean Technology Industry Opposes Prop 23

  1. The California Jobs Initiative (CJI) is an oil corporation farce and fraud. There is no connection, whatsoever, between greenhouse gas emission reduction and the loss of jobs. This notion is an insult to the intelligence of the people of California. In fact, there is job growth in the clean, renewable energy industry, Chevron employs 65,000 worldwide and CJI is not going to change this. The only jobs created by the oil industry are clean-up jobs after oil spills and deep water, blow-outs and pump-handler jobs. CJI will make fantastic profits for the oil industry, increase air pollution, especially in communities around their refineries, and their will not be lower gas prices. Both Valero and Tesoro are super Enrons.

  2. Comment on Google Green meeting in silican valley 081010

    AB 32, The Global Warming Solutions Act, is a great vehicle for fleecing the public with “clean energy” solutions, cap and trade, more taxes, and stifling regulation of every aspect of the lives of the public. The latter will be an Orwellian tyranny like in 1984.

    The Green Fleecers are promoting many products and ideas that could not compete in the market place, and so they fleece the public with higher costs for electricity of inferior quality that in any event requires thermal power for backup, for delivery of power.

    If AB 32 had any reliable scientific support that would be one thing. However, as demonstrated by climategate and hundreds of subsequent investigations there is no scientific basis for AB32, which relies almost completely on the anthropogenic global warming theory which falsely incriminates CO2 as the main cause of warming. In fact the main cause is natural acyclic warming and cooling and has been for thousands of years.

    The shameful behavior of our federal and state agencies and the British CRU in promoting the CO2 scam by tuning the data to conform to their theory is reprehensible, if not criminal fraud. This violence to sanity has been further augmented by the fleecers who perceive opportunity for profit through promotion of government tyranny.

    The only thing wrong with Proposition 23, the California Jobs Initiative, is that, in this writer’s opinion, it does not go far enough. It allows for the future implementation of AB 32 after state unemployment gets back down to 5.5 percent from its present level of 12.5 percent. As I see it, AB 32 should be killed in its entirety.

    Be that as it may, Proposition 23 will cause the green fleecer battalions to pause and rethink what they are doing. Many of them are betting on a dead horse, the false CO2 theory. Why invest in technologies that have no scientific basis and are doomed to fail when it becomes widely known that they are an order of magnitude more costly to the public than the alternatives and not near as good for an industrial /post-industrial economy? Why create green jobs that will have to be dumped when it is found they are founded in mid-air. Look at what happened to the wind-power industry in the ‘90s when public subsidy was withdrawn. It crashed.

    AB 32 is like a jet flying at 40,000 feet that suddenly ran out of fuel, due to a massive fuel leak called Climategate. It will inevitably crash to the ground. Proposition 23 will make it a gentler crash, and some of the fleecers may survive by switching to endeavors that are competitive in the marketplace.

    The previous commenter seems to be a bit confused about the origin of Prop. 23. It was conceived by CA Assemblyman Logue. The two oil companies cited have thousands of employees in CA. I think they were heroes in helping with getting signatures to get this issue before the public. BIG oil and BIG power are not behind Prop 23, as they sense the money-making side of AB 32- cap and trade, to be more to their advantage, as well the green moniker propaganda advantage.

  3. The previous commenter (Ron Kilmartin) seems to be a bit confused – uh, ok, make that ‘seems to be completely off his rocker – about the whole prop 23 and AB32 issue.

    Here is a suggested edit for his first paragraph: Prop 23 is a great vehicle for fleecing the public with “concern for the California economy”, business as usual for Valero and Tesoro, more pollution, and stifling job growth and investment in the direly needed green economy. The latter will be an unmitigated climate and economy disaster like none ever seen before.

    Similar heavy editing is required for the remainder of his post, if it is to be brought out of the realm of the laughable and into the realm of the believable.

  4. Arnold, BAR & CARB using AB 2289 Eng to cut green collar jobs?


    If an elected official would request a copy of the Sierra Research SR 2007-04-01 report and all communication about the report from CCEEB, CED, CARB, DCA/BAR, IMRC, Parsons, SGS Testcom & Sierra Research it might help improve performance of Smog Check…. “Sherry Mehl. The report has been modified since 2001. Continually”


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