Just after CABPRO recommended a “yes” vote on Prop. 23, APPLE-NC has recommended a “no” vote, issuing a press release that states its case. APPLE does not often do this.
It is a reminder that our area is at a political and economic crossroads — embodied in Prop. 23, an effort to roll back the state’s landmark emissions law. A “green” economy hangs in the balance.
I would argue that the hard right’s ongoing “my way or the highway” approach to politicking here has galvanized the moderates and the left, including ones that might stand on the sidelines.
I had expected a more conciliatory approach to politics after the June elections, when a tea party advocate lost and the most conservative supervisor was replaced with the most liberal one. This also came after Democrats Brown and Obama carried the county two years ago.
In fact, just the opposite has happened. I place much of the blame on electeds such as Tom McClintock and Dan Logue, our freshman representatives, who have not been very conciliatory. We also are home to Mark Meckler, a founder of the tea party movement.
APPLE joins the Sierra Business Council, the California Ski Industry Association and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, among others, in opposing Prop. 23.
McClintock, Logue and the county tea party, among others, support Prop. 23. In fact, Tom and Dan are its biggest proponents.
It’s shaping up to be another “shooting match,” harking back to the days of NH2020. Since then, our demographics have changed, with more moderates in the mix. The internet also has opened up new channels of independent communication.
APPLE’s press release is here:
“APPLE-NC, the Alliance for a Post-Petroleum Local Economy, Nevada
County, strongly recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 23, the
job-killing initiative on California’s November 2nd ballot.
Proposition 23 would effectively kill AB32 (the “Global Warming
Solutions Act”), the landmark 2006 law that has already spurred a new
explosion of investment in green tech industries, California’s “next”
economy. AB32 passed with bipartisan support from a diversity of
Californians, including business, labor and environmental leaders.
What would Proposition 23 do? Proposition 23 would freeze all
provisions of AB32 until California’s unemployment rate falls and
remains below 5.5 percent for four consecutive quarters (1 year), a condition
which has occurred only three times since 1976.
What is AB32? AB32 requires that greenhouse gas emissions in the state
be reduced to 1990 levels by 2020, and to 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2050.
Although AB32 specifies a staged implementation, with some provisions
– such as cap-and-trade – not taking effect until next year, many
businesses have already anticipated these stages in their current
Why would the clean-tech industry be damaged? A popular myth is that
the clean tech industry is “pie in the sky,” a future fantasy. The
truth is that California’s “next economy” is already in full swing.
Consider also the following facts:
• From 1998 to 2007, more clean businesses (10,209) and more
clean jobs (125,390) were created in California than in any other
• Three of every five dollars in clean tech investment
nationwide comes to California, five times more than our nearest
• California’s energy efficiency policies since the 1970s have
saved Californians $56 billion in electricity and natural gas costs
and averted the construction of 15 large power plants.
Proposition 23 would seriously damage this clean tech revolution by
confounding investor and business expectations already set by the AB32
Who’s behind Proposition 23? Assemblyman Dan Logue (R-Linda) is a key
sponsor, but over 97 percent of the $8.2 million given to the Yes campaign so
far has come from oil interests (for example, from Texas-based Tesoro
and Valero Energy corporations, and from Flint Hills Resources, a
Kansas petrochemical company that is a subsidiary of Koch Industries).
And 89% of the donations are from out-of-state donors.
Why does APPLE-NC Recommend a “No” Vote on Proposition 23? APPLE’s
vision and mission are best met by a sustainable clean-tech economy,
both local and global.
Job-killing Proposition 23, with its support for dirty energy, would
directly interfere with the accomplishment of APPLE-NC’s mission.”
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