Green Tech Leadership Fights Prop 23

California’s cleantech industry is growing by leaps and bound. Unfortunately, a measure on the ballot for November known as Proposition 23 poses a threat to that boom, according to the Green Technology Leadership Group (GTLG).

In order to voice their opposition to Proposition 23–which, according to the Group, aims to suspend California’s landmark environmental laws, including AB 32–GTLG recently released a series of videos focusing on Proposition 23’s negative implications for environmental quality, job creation, clean technology innovation, and investment in California. The videos are currently available online at the GTLG website–and soon, will be streaming via a variety of familiar, high-traffic websites. The goal is to amass over one million voters to oppose Proposition 23.

No On Prop 23

image via Green Technology Leadership PAC

AB 32 requires California’s greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced to the levels of 1990 by the year 2020, providing the state with the authority to implement California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Renewable Portfolio Standard, both of which create immediate demand for large-scale, low-carbon and renewable transportation fuel and electric power. (AB 32 also authorizes California to create a “cap and trade” market for greenhouse gas reduction credits.)

According to the GTLG Political Action Coalition, since the passage of AB 32 in 2006, California has garnered $9 billion of private investment capital and a rate of cleantech job growth in excess of the statewide average–all of which would be in jeopardy should Proposition 23 get passed on November 2nd.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

1 Comment

  • Reply October 27, 2010

    Earl Richards

    PROP 26 is just as destructive as PROP 23. Prop 26 is a treacherous, Big Oil rip-off, which “passes the buck” from oil corporation, clean-up fees to the taxpayer, who will pay the oil recycling fees, the materials hazards fees and other fees. If you do not understand the ambiguities and the intrigues behind Prop 26, then, vote no. Power to the people. Shell, BP and Exxon Mobil are silent partners behind Prop 26.

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