California's Prop 23 could set state back as a global clean-tech leader

As the urgency to take action on climate change increases, Texas oil companies are seeking to mislead California voters with a ballot measure that would gut California’s landmark greenhouse gas legislation.

The ballot measure, Proposition 23, would effectively repeal California’s bipartisan Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), which requires that the state decrease carbon pollution by approximately 25 percent by 2020. As detailed in a report by the Clean Economy Network, California has experienced a boom in clean technology since passage of AB 32 as companies anticipate the need to find new ways of reducing carbon dioxide emissions and providing clean energy. In response to the Act, utilities and manufacturers are retooling, clean energy companies are sprouting up, and wind, solar and bio-energy companies are developing products they can market in California and to the world.

If California takes a step backward by passing Proposition 23, the state risks losing its position as a global leader in clean technology and renewable energy. Hundreds of thousands of clean tech jobs could be lost. Of even greater concern, passage of Proposition 23 would establish a negative precedent, rolling back progress on climate change at the very time that further steps to reduce carbon pollution are urgently needed.

Proposition 23 is funded largely by Texas oil companies that stand to profit if the Global Warming Solutions Act is stymied. On the other hand, if Proposition 23 passes, carbon pollution will continue to increase with a wide range of ill effects to public health and public lands, and California’s clean energy economy will be undermined.

Please join The Wilderness Society and a broad coalition of public health, business, policy, and environmental organizations in opposing Proposition 23.