CPUC Wants Plug Pulled On Prop. 23

Proposition 23 in California, the very controversial proposal to suspend that state’s 2006 clean air legislation (AB 32) until the state level unemployment reaches 5.5 percent or less for four consecutive quarters, has its supporters and those who oppose it. Now a state level government entity, California’s Public Utility Commission (CPUC), is weighing in by voting to publicly be on record in opposition.

The CPUC, in its decision to oppose Prop. 23, stated a number of major issues it was concerned on. It believes, in essence, that if Prop. 23 were passed it would disable California’s status as a leader in economically viable environmental protection; permanently suspend the clean air laws passed in 2006 because the Prop. 23 requirement around low unemployment has only been achieved in three instances in the last 40 years; remove from California investment dollars being poured into the clean tech sector; and undermine energy markets, increasing the cost of electricity for consumers.

CPUC Report

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“We must resist the efforts of out of state oil companies to roll back one of the most important environmental protection laws California has ever enacted and one that will serve to increase investment in energy efficiency, produce jobs, and stimulate growth within the state of California,” said CPUC President Michael R. Peevey in a statement. “Suspending AB 32 would reverse the regulatory signal to invest in clean, environmentally friendly resources. If this were to occur, customers could face significant carbon abatement costs when AB 32 or federal regulation forces the inclusion of a carbon price into the price of the power. Delaying action now will make it more expensive to reduce greenhouse gases in the future.”

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1 Comment

  • Reply September 23, 2010

    Earl Richards

    The California Jobs Initiative (CJI) is an oil corporation farce and fraud. There is no connection, whatsoever, between greenhouse gas emission reduction and the loss of jobs. This notion is an insult to the intelligence of the people of California. In fact, there is job growth in the clean, renewable energy industry. Chevron employs 65,000 worldwide and CJI is not going to change this. The only jobs created by the oil industry are clean-up jobs after oil spills and deep water, blow-outs and pump-handler jobs. CJI will make fantastic profits for the oil industry, increase air pollution, especially in communities around their refineries, and there will not be lower gas prices. Koch Industries, Valero and Tesoro are super Enrons. Since when did the oil companies start to show any concern for the unemployed and their families and for small businesses?

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