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It looks like Prop 23, the oil industry-sponsored initiative to kill AB 32, California's groundbreaking climate law, just isn't cutting it with voters. A recent poll shows that Californians oppose Prop 23 by a margin of 12%. Which is great news -- it shows that Californians aren't buying the bogus arguments and truth-bending TV ad campaigns that polluting industries have been pushing, and that they recognize the value of stimulating the clean energy economy. Here are the findings of the poll:Reuters reports:
A measure to suspend the state's vanguard climate change law is heading for failure, by a margin of 49 percent to 37 percent, because voters see the law doing more economic good than harm, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday showed.Indeed: Clean energy will without a doubt be one of the next dominant global industries -- giving renewable companies a leg up by making polluting companies responsible for their emissions is just common sense. An environment hospitable to clean energy tech and manufacturing will most certainly generate sustainable employment. And that's exactly what AB 32 would do. Thankfully, CA voters see it that way too. Here's more from the poll:
Some 47 percent in the Reuters/Ipsos poll saw the climate change law as more likely to create green jobs and make California a leader in clean energy versus 38 percent who saw it mostly raising energy prices and increasing regulation.Now, that margin may seem comfortable enough, but let's not forget that oil companies and other polluting industries seeking to protect their interests have some pretty deep pockets. To date, the Texas oil companies Valero and Tesoro have dumped $8 million into the pro-Prop 23 campaign (as well as sponsoring its inclusion on the ballot in the first place). Koch Industries has directed at least $1 million as well. And more funding is sure to be on the way -- so keep your eyes peeled for the latest spin tactics from dirty energy companies seeking to preserve the status quo.
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