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How California’s Proposition 23 Will Affect the Solar Industry

It is fitting that the Golden State produces the most solar energy in the U.S. Solar power is expected to grow even more in California. The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently approved four major solar power projects, and is expected to approve two more projects this week. The solar power projects approved and pending approval … Continued

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Go for the Sustainable Gold Standard

Gold is becoming more and more popular in the mainstream.  Only a few years ago, talk of gold was restricted to the fringe of society.   With the dollar declining in value, gold reaching all time highs, whispers of bringing back the gold standard are getting louder. Whether you agree or disagree with gold as money, … Continued

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California Governator Says Prop 23 Corrupts Democratic Process

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke out against Proposition 23 on Monday. Proposition 23 would overturn California’s landmark climate change law, AB 32 or the Global Warming Solutions Act. AB 32 can be called Schwarzenegger’s environmental legacy, and signing it into law is possibly one of the best things he did as the governor of the … Continued

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Minorities Fight Back Against Prop. 23

By Orson Aguilar They’re at it again:  Once more, special interests are trying to hijack California’s state ballot to enrich themselves at the expense of our communities. The Latino, African-American and Asian communities that make up California’s new majority are most at risk, and we’re not taking this lying down. San Antonio-based Valero Energy and … Continued

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Win or Lose, Have a Post November Plan Ready

The climate around Proposition 23 (Prop 23) is heating up.  Supporters are touting its passage as supporting job creation in California.  The opposition suggests that Prop 23  is a play to continue dirty energy.  Urgency amongst sustainability folk is to ensure Prop 23 does not pass.  However, regardless if Prop 23 passes or fails, as … Continued

Secret Trade Agreement Threatens Internet Freedom, Affordable Health Care and More

While the stated objective of reducing piracy and counterfeiting are laudable goals, critics claim that this legislation is heavy-handed goes too far, ignores the interests of developing countries and hands out a grab bag of gifts to Health Care, Big Pharma and the Motion Picture industry, who just happen to be major donors to the campaigns of every member of the US Congressional Caucus on Intellectual Property and Piracy Prevention, who are, along with US Ambassador Susan C. Schwab, the driving force behind this legislation

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Edward James Olmos Slams Prop 23 In NRDC Ad

An anti-Proposition 23 ad by Edward James Olmos’ for the National Resources Defense Counsel (NRDC) appeared on YouTube in July in English and Spanish. Olmos said in the ad, “Don’t let polluters from Texas tell us how to live.” Considering Olmos is a household name, the ad is a great campaign tactic.

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Why Green Business is Good Business: The Case Against Prop 23

By Andy Mannle, Education Director, West Coast Green As we prepare for West Coast Green 2010, which kicks off Thursday September 30th in San Francisco, we are in constant contact with speakers from across the business spectrum, and they’re increasingly talking about Prop 23.  We deal with everyone from small design firms to global technology … Continued

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Big Business Ponders Life after EPA’s Climate Leaders

This month’s announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will  eliminate its Climate Leaders program caught many business leaders off guard.  The program, which works with large companies in voluntarily tracking and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, was seen as an overall success by the companies that participated. Just a few months ago, I spoke … Continued

Van Jones Comes Out Kicking Against Controversial California Ballot Proposition

Enter another high profile person lending his voice to speak in opposition to Proposition 23 which would overturn California’s 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act. Van Jones, in a September 9 co-written blog post for ThinkProgress, said of the Act that it “sent a clear message to investors and businesses that clean energy will be the … Continued

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New 3p Series: The Business Case Against California Proposition 23

With six weeks to go, the fight over Proposition 23, titled the California Jobs Initiative, will be close.  Prop 23 will overturn California’s AB 32, The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.  Sponsors and supporters of the initiative claims that Prop 23, which will freeze AB 32’s provisions until California’s unemployment rate stays at 5.5% … Continued

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Is the EPA America’s Secret Economic Weapon?

Do you remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? The tortoise won the race because he ran the whole race, taking the long view, seeing the big picture, unlike the rabbit who, given his speed, didn’t see the need. While China seems to be roaring ahead right now with unchecked economic expansion, the significant environmental challenges they are accumulating will eventually catch up with them.

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Environmental Education Pushes Ahead in Maryland

Environmental education took a giant leap forward in Maryland on Thursday.  Previously, schools were only required to expose students once to environmental education sometime between pre-kindergarten and twelfth grade.  That changed when the Maryland State Board of Education unanimously approved a measure mandating all Maryland schools to integrate environmental education into the curriculum.  Environmental education … Continued

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Is “Global Climate Disruption” More Pressing than “Global Warming?”

Does the term “global climate disruption” sound like a call to action? Does it carry any more urgency than the benign “global warming?” To many conservative-leaning media outlets “global climate disruption” represents a new approach by the White House to spin the climate crisis after the climate-energy bill stalled in the Senate earlier this year. … Continued

Big Business Comes Out Swinging Against Prop 23

It is easy to assume that big business is behind the push to pass than Prop 23, and to an extent, that is true—big businesses outside the state are largely funding the initiative. But within California, large corporations in various industries are lining up against Prop 23’s passage. Some companies’ opposition to Prop 23 is intuitive—others appear to take a stand on the issue that goes against their vested interests.