The Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) members, with internationally recognizable brands like Levi Strauss & Co., Gap and eBay, urged California voters to vote no on California ballot initiative, Proposition 23. In a statement, BICEP said Proposition 23 would “cripple” AB 32 or the Global Warming Solutions Act which set targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and “effectively kill it.” The statement also said Proposition 23 would be devastating for California’s clean tech industry. Praising AB 32, BICEP called it the “first law of its kind in the world” which stimulated clean energy job creation, protects public health, and decreases California’s dependence on fossil fuels.
Prop 23 “would set back our nation’s transition to cleaner energy and greater energy independence,” the BICEP statement declares. “BICEP companies – many of us based in California and all with significant business ties here – believe its passage would undermine California’s role as a national leader and could lead to the rollback of environmental protections in other states, at a time when both our environment and our nation’s economy badly need to advance on these fronts.”
“The goals of AB32 – job creation, innovation, and business opportunity – are at the core of the way we run our business at eBay,” said Tod Cohen, eBay’s Vice President of Government Relations. eBay is a BICEP member. “We have seen first-hand the green benefits, as well as the business benefits, of investing in new, disruptive technologies that create efficiencies and change the way we consume energy. We are proud to stand next to other California companies, organizations and individuals in support of this important law.”
Amy Leonard, Senior Vice President for Levi’s Product Management at Levi Strauss & Co., said her company also opposes Proposition 23’s planned delay in implementing AB32. “Levi Strauss & Co. believes AB32 provides California businesses critical tools to promote energy efficiency and encourage energy and climate innovation. We support implementation of this legislation without delay,” said Amy Leonard, Senior Vice President for Levi’s Product Management at Levi Strauss & Co.
On the website of Levi Strauss & Co., a blog post stated that Proposition 23 would “eliminate critical tools recently put in place to promote energy efficiency.” The blog post went on to say that Proposition 23 “would discourage energy and climate innovation by making it more expensive for businesses to invest in necessary research and development. It would turn back the clock by removing incentives intended to move us ahead.”