Supporters of Prop 23 Suffer From Pinocchio Syndrome

The Pinocchio syndrome is in strong evidence this election season, particularly when it comes to the California ballot initiative Proposition 23. A debate last week at UCLA about Proposition 23 is evidence. The debate involved Dorothy Rothrock, California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA) Vice President and Terry Tamminen, CEO of Seventh Generation Advisors. Listed below … Continued

Is Google’s Dive Into Undersea Power a New Model for Renewable Growth?

Nature abhors a vacuum, and since the economy is part of nature (and not the other way around!), it should not be surprising to see that in the absence of any meaningful government action on climate change, a development that will surely drive billions of investment sooner or later, other players are going to step … Continued


Prop 23 Morphing Into Prop 26: Both Clean Economy Killers

By Jay Kimball, founder of 8020 Vision Support for Prop 23 is waning. That’s good news, but the fight is not over. If you didn’t like Prop 23, you’re really not going to like Prop 26. Out of state big oil was backing Prop 23, and seeing that as a lost cause, they are shifting … Continued

Typical sight in Jaipur

India: From Dirty Fuels to Clean and Green in 60 Seconds?

By Suzanne York As a nation of 1.1 billion people and growing, with a robust economy, India is a crucial player on the global climate stage.  Will it move from its current reliance on fossil fuels, especially coal, or will it take steps to a clean energy future, and balance an expanding economy and populace … Continued

Brown Slams Whitman on AB32

During the final debate between California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown last week, Whitman said she would suspend the implementation of AB 32 or the Global Warming Solutions Act for a year, but she opposes Proposition 23. Citing a study that has been debunked, Whitman stated that “only three percent of our jobs … Continued

Carbon Reduction Beyond Cap and Trade or the Carbon Tax

With all the commotion over the up coming November mid-term elections, the recent death of cap-and-trade has been quietly dismissed.The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES), more commonly known as the Waxman-Markey Bill, was intended to set a price for carbon.  Since the threat of pricing carbon through legislation has disappeared, the … Continued


Investors Nervous About Proposition 23

This week 68 investors who collectively manage $415 trillion in assets issued a statement urging voters to reject Proposition 23. The signers of the statement include Catholic Health Care West and VantagePoint Venture Partners, both California-based firms. In total 18 California-based firms signed the statement.


To Say California’s AB32 Kills Jobs Is ‘Bunk!’

Ed Note: We’re reposting Bill Roth’s earlier interview with Marin Energy Anuthority Chair Charles McGlashan because of it’s relevance to the ongling ballot initiative Proposition 23. It was originally posted August 4th. AB32 is California’s pioneering legislation signed by the governor in 2006 that caps greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. I am proud to have … Continued


Clean Tech Industry Leader to Californians: Walk the Walk and Oppose Proposition 23

AB 32 maintains the market certainty needed for investment, research and development of inventions as well as jobs. Since its passage, clean tech venture capital in California has skyrocketed, with investments of more than $6.5 billion. As the economy slowed between 2007 and 2008, total employment fell by 1 percent, but clean tech jobs continued to grow 5 percent. That’s something we need to reinforce, not cut back.

EPA: Blowing Big Coal’s Top on Mountaintop Coal Mining

If it were ever possible or even realistic to put the words Appalachia and victory in the same sentence, this might be one of those rare times: the Environmental Protection Agency‘s Region 3 Administrator Shawn Garvin has recommended the withdrawal of the mining permit for the nation’s largest proposed mountaintop removal coal mine site, the … Continued

Applied Materials

Applied Materials CEO Urges NO on Prop 23

By Mike Splinter, CEO, Applied Materials One of the most hotly contested items on this year’s California ballot is Proposition 23, an initiative aimed at suspending the State’s landmark AB 32 law (the Global Warming Solutions Act). Prop 23 is being touted as a “jobs initiative,” but the real thrust of the proposition is to … Continued

Venture Capitalists Oppose California’s Prop 23

While the biggest financial backers of California ballot initiative Proposition 23 are Texas oil companies, venture capitalists are among the big donors to its opposition. As of Monday, October 11, the opponents of Proposition 23 are spending more than supporters. Opponents of Proposition 23 raised $16.3 million to the supporters’ $8.9 million. The opposition has received … Continued

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Quantitative Easing Leads to Inorganic Growth

Although the Federal Reserve may desire to stimulate the economy by an increase of the money supply, quantitative easing may do more harm than good in the long run. Sure we may have an abundant harvest now, investment and consumption now, but at the cost of the future. We need to return back to growing the economy organically.

Tesoro's neighbors in Wilmington say "No!" to dirty energy

The Real Face of Proposition 23

In the backyard of the Tesoro and Valero refineries in Wilmington, California lives a thriving community that has been fighting back against the oil giants for years. Because of Proposition 23, attention has finally been brought to local residents who wake up to see the refineries’ smoke day after day.