It’s Up to You – Frances Talbott-White

Prop 23 – AB 32 in Reverse

There’s no doubt that Proposition 23 has received more study, publicity, and news coverage than any other ballot measure to be decided in the November 2 Gubernatorial Election. Spending has topped $9 million in support and $27 million in opposition.

I have personally bookmarked 71 articles about Prop 23 on my ‘Delicious’ site — see http://www.delicious.com/talbwhite/nov2010props+prop23?sort=userdate&order=desc — more than double the number for Prop 19 and triple the number for Prop 25.

Maybe you’re tired of hearing about Prop 23? Bear with me. This will be short.

Prop 23 is easy to understand. It would suspend enforcement of AB 32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, until such time as the state’s unemployment rate drops to 5.5% and stays there for 12 months.

Here are the facts you need to know: (1) AB 32’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels — about 30% lower than they are now; and (2) unemployment was above 12% for the first half of 2010 and is projected to remain above 8% for the next five years.

Granted, your interpretation of these facts may be colored by your current employment status, but I encourage you to consider the correlation between them.

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