California's Dirty Energy Proposition Seeks to Rollback Progress

Authors: VienTruong This is a big year in the fight to create green jobs and protect our environment. The nation is struggling to pass federal climate change legislation. The Gulf Coast states are reeling from the worst oil spill in U.S. history. And California is fighting to protect its existing laws and a potential rollback to the nation’s most comprehensive global warming legislation, the California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). Two Texas oil companies are putting the Dirty Energy Proposition on the November 2010 ballot. This deceptive proposition would kill California’s clean air standards, and stifle California’s clean tech businesses from leading us out of this recession. Green For All, NAACP's California chapter, the American Lung Association, California's Teamsters Public Affairs Council and others in a growing, diverse coalition are working to defeat the Dirty Energy Proposition – and we urge our other California allies to engage as well. California’s AB 32 holds polluters accountable and requires them to reduce air pollution that threatens human health and contributes to global climate change. This law keeps California at the forefront of the clean technology industry. According to a new report from the California Employment Development Department, 500,000 employees work in clean technology or green jobs in California, and this number is growing. The Dirty Energy Proposition would stop the green economy in its tracks, and cost thousands of prospective jobs. The Dirty Energy Proposition would also widen the Climate Gap (PDF / details), the disproportionate harm climate change has on low-income communities and people of color. Low-income families are more likely to live near major sources of pollution. On average, people of color are exposed to seventy percent more of the dangerous particulate matter linked to greenhouse gas pollution than are white people; this disparity is particularly sharp for African Americans. It is essential that implementation of California’s climate change bill moves forward to address these disparities. Join us in defeating the Dirty Energy Proposition! Spread the word through Facebook, and vote “no” on the Dirty Energy Proposition in November 2010.

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