Doing some catching up and checking out the sites of causes and groups I support, and I see this giddy statement from the Sierra Club:
We did have a particularly bright spot in California. San Francisco beat Texas in the World Series, and California thumped Texas in the fight for clean energy.
We played big and scored big against Big Oil with the defeat of California’s Proposition 23. Despite more than $10 million spent on deceptive advertising campaign funded by out-of-state oil barons—more than $8 Million from Texaco and Valero alone, to undermine the state’s landmark clean-energy and climate law, California voters took a stand for clean energy – not in spite of a major economic downturn, but because of it. As National Journal said last week, we could point to existing jobs that would be lost with the passage of Prop 23.
With the third-highest unemployment numbers in the nation, California voters chose clean energy as one of the best paths to recovery.
This victory also shows what can happen when we work together to create jobs and protect our environment. When given the chance to vote on the actual issues, the public embraced our belief that a clean environment and a strong economy are not mutually exclusive.
Nice to see a win on something like this. Kind of odd that California voters can be so clear-headed about issues like this, then go and fumble the ball on issues like Prop 19.