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Will Big Oil Drive a Stake Through Climate Action? No Way!

Will Big Oil Drive a Stake Through Climate Action? No Way!

Now I know this hasn’t been the best year for the environment, but Tuesday’s midterm election has major implications for federal climate legislation. The entire House and one-third of the Senate are up for reelection, and just to make matters more interesting, a semi-recent Supreme Court decision gave big businesses the green light to flood the political marketplace with corporate money. Obviously, this has major political and practical consequences — especially when it comes to the environment.

Climate action has stalled in the Senate. The Obama Administration caved to pressure from Big Oil by lifting the deepwater drilling moratorium. And here in California, where I live, oil giants like Valero and Tesoro have mounted a powerful multimillion dollar campaign in support of Proposition 23 — a measure that could overturn the landmark climate bill Gov. Schwarzenegger signed into law that requires the state to decease emissions by 25 percent — down to 1990 levels by the year 2020.

Competition over the measure is growing, with both sides pushing millions of dollars into campaigns. But big oil’s goal is clear: if they kill climate legislation in California, it will have a domino effect throughout the country. The passage of the proposition will not only freeze federal climate policy, it’ll kill more than 12,000 clean technology jobs and waste billions of dollars of investment in California. So while Proposition 23 is a local issue for Californians, its effects transcend state lines and even borders.

Never before has a state of voters decided the fate of a nation’s action around climate policy. But I have faith in the American voters. No matter how many millions of dollars the deep-pocketed polluters spend on spreading mistruths, my fellow voters will support clean energy policies. So back off, oil and gas companies!

It’s time to get out and vote to defeat Proposition 23 — and tell your friends and family who will be voting in California’s election to do the same. The world is watching and it’s our chance to send a message to big oil and politicians around that country that we mean business and want powerful climate action this year!

Here’s what you can do right now:
If you haven’t already, register to vote No on 23!
Take action and say NO on Prop. 23.

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12:40PM PDT on May 26, 2011

Not American, sorry, and I'm not a believer in politics...
If we truly had anything based on a diplomacy then the government would actually ask questions to it's people.
Though, please vote

10:33AM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

Wonderful. You have suceeded. And voting was one of the few things you could do without using money. I belive in our power by using our voice!

12:54AM PDT on Oct 30, 2010

Thanks for the article.

10:20PM PDT on Oct 29, 2010

This was very interesting reading. I will circulate it on Facebook.

10:14PM PDT on Oct 29, 2010

thanks for the article

9:24PM PDT on Oct 29, 2010

I am encouraging everyone I know,and making calls to people I don't know - to vote NO on Prop 23.

3:13PM PDT on Oct 29, 2010

I have faith that Californians will vote NO to Prop 23. We need to put the country's money into alternative energy!!!!

12:39PM PDT on Oct 29, 2010

voting no on 23

12:10PM PDT on Oct 29, 2010

thanks, but where we can vote ?=

5:44AM PDT on Oct 29, 2010

Thanks for the article.

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