Friday, October 1, 2010

The Affects of Proposition 23

Smog settling over Los Angeles skyline.

Bad air quality days, lungs filled with smog and asthma attacks that could land you in the hospital. California has been known to have some really unclean air. And over the past 20 years with the help of global warming regulation laws California has cleaned up a little. Those regulations that were enacted to help reduce emissions in our golden state of pollution, helped cut down on the rain of acid that aided in the corrosion of our cities. But come November, lawmakers and big oil companies are hoping to pass a law that would rid our state of those very same regulations in order to save them money.

If passed, Proposition 23 will suspend a state law that requires greenhouse gas emissions be reduced to 1990 levels by 2020, until California's unemployment drops to 5.5 percent or less for four consecutive quarters. And knowing that unemployment won’t drop to that amount any time soon (especially not without jobs that could be created form clean energy projects) big oil companies are pouring money into the campaign in support.

Not cool.

Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, was signed in 2006 to reduce greenhouse emissions in California. The bill was designed to indirectly reduce numerous air pollutants by restricting carbon emissions, making California's air all around healthier. But instead of blue skies, we should just thank the oil companies in advance for making our grey tinged air be brown.

So when November rolls around, I hope California takes it in to consideration that there is no connection, whatsoever, between greenhouse gas emission reduction and the loss of jobs. In fact, green energy projects have been known to create more jobs. We can revitalize our economy, continue California's progress toward clean energy and save our environment by voting no on Prop 23. Will you?

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