California's 'Controversial' Climate Law Supported by Overwhelming Majority


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You'd be forgiven for thinking that AB 32, California's climate change law, was truly controversial. Republican candidates running for office this year have taken to publicly bashing it, calling it a job killer and worse. And given that the effort to reign in carbon emissions on a national level just deflated because it was viewed by senators as too controversial as well, you might think that fighting climate change is a contentious issue across the board. Well, it's not. No matter how badly California's GOP hopefuls batter the law, the public still thinks it's a good idea -- by very large margins.Yes, the most recent polling reveals that a full 2/3s of Californians are embracing the law, which was signed by Governor Schwarzenegger and aims to slash carbon emissions 15% to 1990 levels over the next ten years. Here's the LA Times with the story:

The state's climate-change law, AB 32, has been a hot topic on the campaign trail this year -- with the Republican candidates for governor and U.S. Senate branding it as a "job-killer," as opponents of the law marshal support for a November ballot measure that would suspend implementation until the state's unemployment rate drops to 5.5% for a year.

But despite the controversy over the 2006 law, which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, a new poll shows that two-thirds (67%) of California residents continue to back it -- about the same level as last year.

Funny -- the same is more or less true about national climate legislation -- it too consistently polls positively despite the PR efforts of the fossil fuel industry and the scare tactics employed by the GOP (it's an energy tax! a cap and tax! it will kill your jobs!). But our senators chose instead to pass up the best opportunity we've had yet to reform our aging energy policy.

It also demonstrates that people aren't as clueless as GOP operatives and speechwriters evidently think they are -- people recognize the threat of climate change, that man is causing it, and they want to do something about it. Loading a campaign speech with keywords like 'tax' isn't enough to make them forget about that.

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