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Suspension of AB32 Likely Headed to Voters as Opponents Point to Louisiana

| Tuesday May 4th, 2010 | 12 Comments
A campaign to suspend California’s landmark greenhouse gas law, known as AB32, has succeeded in gathering enough signatures to put the question on the November ballot.

The California Jobs Initiative gathered over 800,000 signatures in support of their ballot initiative, almost twice the amount needed.

The initiative seeks to suspend AB32, which puts a cap on state-wide greenhouse gas emissions, until unemployment stays below 5.5 percent for four consecutive quarters. Opponents say the unemployment rate has only been below that number for a full year three times in the last 30, and the effort is really an attempt to kill the bill.

If, as expected, the signatures are approved by state officials, the question of whether to suspend AB32 will be put before voters as one of the many “propositions” Californians are routinely asked to consider each election cycle.

But the effort to suspend AB32, which has been largely financed by out-of-state oil companies Valero Energy Corp and Tesoro Corp, may be tarred by the expanding oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and supporters of AB 32 have been quick to make a connection between the two.

Steven Maviglio, spokesperson for Californians for Clean Energy Jobs, said “with their dirty energy proposition, the oil companies want to do to California’s air and economy what they’re doing to the Gulf Coast.”

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a strong supporter of AB 32, slammed into “greedy oil companies” seeking to postpone the law. “They want us to depend on just oil, because they’re greedy and they want to have the profits,” he said at a press conference Monday. “But I don’t have to tell you about the oil companies, because you just turn on the TV — that says the rest.”


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  • Jerry Urell

    Time to boycott Valero and Tesoro if you're not doing it already!

  • Your Gay

    Boycotting is ridiculous. It does nothing. Global warming is just hippy fanaticism.

    There is no such thing as a green job. its just lib fantasy like unicorns.

  • CharliePeters

    Arnold, BAR & CARB using AB 2289 Eng to cut green collar jobs?

    http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/04/18/18645036.php

  • jerryhsieh

    Anyone look into who's funding the pro AB32 group? Interesting article by ClimateWire.

    http://greenconomist.com/2010/05/04/news-analys

    • nickaster

      Yes, the funding of these things always feels sketchy, but I'd say given the choice between benefiting forward thinking clean tech companies with their eyes aimed to the future, or old school oil companies trying to hold the status quo, I'd much rather support the former!

      • jerryhsieh

        Well, I agree with you for the most part. The only part that still causes me concern is the issue of where the money actually goes. How many jobs are we realistically creating overseas? I wrote a more detailed response in response to someone else's comment too:

        http://greenconomist.com/2010/05/04/news-analys

        • BC Upham

          Job reports are thrown back and forth like cannon balls in these debates. There's no way to really know.

          What we do know creates jobs in the long run is innovation. Clean technology is all about innovation.

  • jerryhsieh

    Well, I agree with you for the most part. The only part that still causes me concern is the issue of where the money actually goes. How many jobs are we realistically creating overseas? I wrote a more detailed response in response to someone else's comment too:

    http://greenconomist.com/2010/05/04/news-analys

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  • http://greenconomist.com Greenconomist

    Well, I agree with you for the most part. The only part that still causes me concern is the issue of where the money actually goes. How many jobs are we realistically creating overseas? I wrote a more detailed response in response to someone else's comment too:

    http://greenconomist.com/2010/05/04/news-analys

  • http://greenconomist.com Greenconomist

    Well, I agree with you for the most part. The only part that still causes me concern is the issue of where the money actually goes. How many jobs are we realistically creating overseas? I wrote a more detailed response in response to someone else's comment too:

    http://greenconomist.com/2010/05/04/news-analys

  • BC Upham

    Job reports are thrown back and forth like cannon balls in these debates. There's no way to really know.

    What we do know creates jobs in the long run is innovation. Clean technology is all about innovation.