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  • Clean-tech advocates hail Schwarzenegger's legacy

    11/17/2010 8:32:15 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/17/10 | Rick Daysog
    When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, there were 30 clean-tech companies in the Sacramento region. Today, there are more than 100 such companies in the area employing thousands of workers. With weeks remaining in Schwarzenegger's administration, the fledgling green economy in Sacramento and the rest of California owes a debt to Schwarzenegger's stewardship of the state's climate-change law and his administration's policies, clean-tech advocates say. "(Gov. Schwarzenegger) helped to spark a clean-energy revolution in our state and ignite a national dialogue about the importance of climate change legislation," said state Sen. Fran Pavley,...
  • Schwarzenegger pushes new greenhouse gas initiative

    11/15/2010 4:49:54 PM PST · by SmithL · 30 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/15/10 | Rick Daysog
    Encouraged by what Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called clean energy's "greatest referendum in history," California officials are pushing ahead with a new greenhouse gas accord with developing foreign countries. Schwarzenegger today launched the third Governors' Global Climate summit at the University of California, Davis, saying this month's landslide defeat of Proposition 23, an oil industry backed initiative to roll back the state's landmark climate change law, shows broad support among voters for climate change initiatives. "I hope that our success encourages you to fight and keep fighting and fighting because science is on our side, the economics is on our side...
  • CA: California’s Prop 23 and the “big oil money” campaign – outspent 3 to 1

    11/05/2010 8:57:51 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | November 5, 2010 | Anthony Watts
    You and I know it was never about facts, it was about hyping the green dream. Just look at the numbers. First from the opposition:Of course they don’t dare mention the amount of money their side has put into it, because, well, that would look imbalanced. Now have a look at the other side of the issue from the legislator who spearheaded the effort:Logue: Big money beat Proposition 23 By LARRY MITCHELL – Staff Writer CHICO — Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Linda, said big money defeated Proposition 23, which would have put the brakes on Assembly Bill 32, the state’s...
  • CALIFORNIA: Prop. 23 celebrations turn to fears over Prop. 26

    11/05/2010 8:28:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/5/10 | Andrew Ross
    Has the popping of Champagne corks been premature? We're referring to the defeat of Proposition 23, which has been hailed as the game-winning home run for California's climate change law. But celebrations have turned to fears about the impact of what some have called its "evil twin" - Prop. 26, which passed Tuesday. That's the initiative relabeling environmental mitigation and other fees as taxes, requiring the virtually impossible to get two-thirds vote, thus starving state and local treasuries even further. "In effect they will stop (AB32, the climate change law) with this," said Scott Hauge, president of Small Business California,...
  • Calif.'s Little-Noticed Prop 26 Squeaks Through in Dead of Night (Climate Change Cultists Saddened)

    11/04/2010 8:40:02 PM PDT · by GVnana · 33 replies
    NewYorkSlimes ^ | 11/3/2010 | Colin Sullivan
    Calif.'s Little-Noticed Prop 26 Squeaks Through in Dead of Night By COLIN SULLIVAN of Greenwire Published: November 3, 2010 The same California voters who rejected a proposition yesterday that would have suspended the state's climate change law also approved a separate ballot referendum that could undermine how cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are implemented by changing the definition of environmental fees. Proposition 26, which passed officially early this morning, will tighten how the state constitution defines taxes and regulatory fees. It has been called the "evil twin" of Proposition 23 by environmental activists who fear it would inhibit the state's...
  • Calif.'s Little-Noticed Prop 26 Squeaks Through in Dead of Night

    11/04/2010 2:10:35 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 19 replies · 2+ views
    November 3, 2010 Calif.'s Little-Noticed Prop 26 Squeaks Through in Dead of Night By COLIN SULLIVAN of Greenwire The same California voters who rejected a proposition yesterday that would have suspended the state's climate change law also approved a separate ballot referendum that could undermine how cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are implemented by changing the definition of environmental fees. Proposition 26, which passed officially early this morning, will tighten how the state constitution defines taxes and regulatory fees. It has been called the "evil twin" of Proposition 23 by environmental activists who fear it would inhibit the state's ability...
  • Liberal Billionaires Take On The Koch Brothers In California Energy Fight ( Prop 23 lost )

    11/04/2010 11:33:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | Oct. 12 2010 - 2:40 pm | | Clare O'Connor
    Much has been written about the oil and gas billionaire Koch brothers and their multimillion-dollar donations to right-wing causes. Charles and David Koch’s combined $43 billion wealth has made them virtually unstoppable this election cycle; even prolific left-wing philanthropist George Soros recently said he was powerless against the “avalanche” of donations from conservative billionaires like the Kochs. However, in recent days a handful of liberal billionaires have decided to take on the Kochs in one of the most hotly contested battles this election season: Proposition 23, the California ballot that may well prove a bellwether for the future of energy...
  • CA: Quote of the week – unbelievable hubris from CARB’s Mary Nichols (

    11/03/2010 2:15:10 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 42 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | November 3, 2010 | Anthony Watts
    Now that California’s Prop 23 to suspend the AB32 global warming law has failed, you get some real clarity from the players. If you ever doubted that our current crop of “save the planet” bureaucrats think they are above answering to the very citizens that pay their salary, this quote should put any doubt you may have had to rest.From public TV station KQED’s “climate watch” blog: “They didn’t know who they were messing with,” said Mary Nichols, when the first numbers came in from the polls. Wow. Just wow. Hubris maximus. Lady, you need a reality check.Read the holier...
  • Fresno Co. puts wrong ballot language for Prop. 23

    10/29/2010 6:13:30 PM PDT · by keat · 11 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 12:27 PM on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 | Staff
    FRESNO, Calif. -- Elections officials in Fresno County say hundreds of thousands of voters are getting ballots that incorrectly describe the ballot measure that would suspend the state's greenhouse gas emissions law. The county's 380,000 voters are being issued ballots that characterize Proposition 23 as requiring "major polluters" to report and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A Sacramento judge threw out that wording earlier this year, and ordered the language to be changed from "major polluters" to "major sources of emissions."
  • Chuck DeVore: Over $120 Million Spent on California Initiatives

    10/30/2010 8:00:43 AM PDT · by GVnana · 2 replies
    BigGovernment.com ^ | 10/30/2010 | Chuck DeVore
    California’s progressive-era experiment in direct democracy was supposed to elevate the voters above the special interests, allowing voters make law themselves through the statewide initiative process. That this process is now virtually owned by the special interests is yet another example of the immutable Law of Unintended Consequences in government. A brief perusal of the California Secretary of State’s initiative campaign finance disclosure website shows that some $120 million dollars has been raised by 53 groups supporting or opposing California’s nine November ballot initiatives. By comparison, California’s two major candidates for governor have raised or given to their campaigns $176...
  • Calif. tax climate 2nd worst in U.S. ( NY is number One )

    10/30/2010 11:10:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | October 29th, 2010 | Jan Norman
    California’s business tax climate is second worst in the nation, better only than New York’s, according to a new report from the Tax Foundation. New Jersey managed to move up two spots on the list after four straight years as the nation’s worst business tax climate... The index is based on the premise that taxes matter to business and states don’t raise or lower taxes in a vacuum. “The modern market is characterized by mobile capital and labor. Therefore, companies will locate where they have the greatest competitive advantage...
  • Schwarzenegger: D.C. Politicians Are 'Wimps' [rails against Prop 23 and evil oil companies]

    10/30/2010 12:39:53 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/27/2010
    VIDEO: Arnold Schwarzenegger shares energy policy ideas with Diane Sawyer. The following is a partial transcript of the exchange (see video) • World News asked California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger about the clean energy policies that he says are his legacy • Does he think the nation will join in his conviction? SCHWARZENEGGER: "What would help is if we now are successful in beating back the Texas oil companies, the same players that have been there for decades, ruining everything -- you know -- trying to burn and get rid of our light rail in 45 cities. "And so now the...
  • CA: Tom McClintock on the Propositions

    10/29/2010 1:08:50 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 84 replies
    tommcclintock.com ^ | 10/28/10 | Tom McClintock
    Prop 19: When Worlds Collide.  NO.   If this simply allowed people to cultivate and smoke marijuana themselves and left the rest of us alone, it would be worth considering.   But it goes much further and provides that “no person shall be … discriminated against or denied any right or privilege” for pot use, inviting a lawsuit every time an employer tries to require a drug test, for example.  If you want to smoke pot in your own world, I don’t care.  But don’t bring it into mine.     Prop 20: Congressional Redistricting. YES.  This finishes the work we began in...
  • CA: Assemblyman Chuck DeVore’s statewide ballot proposition recommendations

    10/29/2010 2:23:39 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 10 replies
    chuckdevore.com ^ | 2 October 2010 | Chuck DeVore
    Proposition 19: NO – Marijuana legalization My biggest concern with this initiative, aside from the basic policy considerations, are two large unintended consequences: 1) will drug abuse grow, thus putting more of a strain on our out-of-control welfare system; 2) the impact of lawsuits on employers seeking to enforce a zero-tolerance policy (especially important in the defense industry). Proposition 20: YES – Redistricting reform extended to Congress Prop. 20 will make the independent State Commission on Redistricting re-draw Congressional Districts in 2011, instead of the legislature working with liberal interests, just as the independent commission will re-draw Legislative district boundaries...
  • California air board to unveil cap-and-trade program for CO2

    10/29/2010 7:59:42 AM PDT · by SmithL · 35 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/29/10 | Rick Daysog
    With voters headed to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of California's climate change law, regulators are pressing ahead with a key part of the statute that puts limits on how much the state's companies can pollute. The California Air Resources Board today will unveil new rules and regulations for a cap-and-trade program. It will set a ceiling on the amount of carbon that refiners, power companies and major manufacturers can emit each year. While details of the regulations aren't yet available, ARB officials have already indicated that they plan to take a pro-business approach. They will initially give...
  • Video: Canadian citizen...pretty opinionated about California green initiative

    10/28/2010 8:55:56 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair.com ^ | October 28, 2010 | by Allahpundit
    The One tried to warn us about shadowy foreigners interfering in our elections, didn’t he? And yet, we laughed at him. Who’s laughing now? I don’t know anything about the substance of the issue, though my inclination would be to assume Cameron’s full of it. But what’s interesting is that Cameron is a foreigner, a Canadian citizen, who withdrew his application for U.S. citizenship after Bush won reelection in 2004. So what business does he have telling Americans how to vote on anything? Do Americans appear in Canadian political ads? Good points, but this is a special case: (1) Cameron’s...
  • CA PROP 23 FOE PROFITS FROM "DIRTY COAL"

    10/28/2010 1:47:53 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi
    CalWatchDog.com ^ | October 29, 2010 | Wayne Lusvardi
    NEW: Prop. 23 Foe Profits From ‘Dirty Coal’ OCT. 28, 2010 By WAYNE LUSVARDI - CALWATCHDOG.COM EXCERPT NO on 23 backer and Democrat Tom Steyer’s Farallon Capital Management Company holds stock in “dirty coal,” nuclear, and oil and gas companies, and in a Chinese solar panel supply company that potentially would rob jobs from Californians, even as the NO on 23 campaign blasts Prop. 23 backers for similar investments.
  • Proposition 23: Jobs or Wishful Thinking?

    10/28/2010 4:38:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 28, 2010 | Debra J. Saunders
    I love this quote from clean-tech exec Eric Dresselhuys to the San Francisco Chronicle's David R. Baker: "If California isn't leading the charge on implementing these technologies, why be here? Do you want to be here for the high taxes, the high cost of living? Right now, you want to be here because California is where the action is." In a nutshell, that is the argument against Proposition 23 -- which would stall the impending implementation of AB32, California's landmark 2006 global-warming bill, until unemployment dips to 5.5 percent. If voters delay AB32, they will staunch the creation of clean-tech...
  • California's Prop 23 and Economic Armageddon (Voters MUST suspend the onerous CO2 regulation)

    10/28/2010 8:18:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/28/2010 | Nancy J. Thorner
    Californians are about to vote on Proposition 23 to suspend enforcement of "The California Global Warming Solutions," also know as AB (Assembly Bill) 32. AB 32 was signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on September 27, 2006, and mandates the following: 1.  Reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. 2.  Producing one-third of the state's electricity from renewable sources of energy by 2020. The intent of Prop 23 is to delay the implementation of AB 32 until unemployment levels in California drop to 5.5 percent or less over four consecutive quarters. It is not surprising that President...
  • CA: Reverse AB 32 With Proposition 23 (global warming)

    10/22/2010 8:29:11 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 11 replies
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 10/21/10 | Dr. Margo Thorning
    Economists are famous for avoiding definitive statements by saying “on the one hand” followed immediately by “on the other hand.” In the case of California’s Proposition 23, however, the sound one would hear from economists is both hands clapping. Voters will take up Prop. 23 in less than four weeks, but the ramifications will last decades. The bill would suspend AB 32, the Global Warming Act of 2006 by freezing all its provisions until California's unemployment rate drops below 5.5 perecent for four consecutive quarters. The state’s economic situation is difficult, to say the least. The latest unemployment numbers published...