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Money, Votes, and Climate Change

In Industry, Investigative Reporting on June 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Alec Weisman

Who were the winners and losers from the passage of California Assembly Bill 32 and the failure of Proposition 23. These were some of the important questions that I asked as I dove into a final paper for my ENVR 120: Global Warming class.

Brief Background

AB 32, also known as the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, is a California “law that designates the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to develop and enforce regulations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the state of California to 1990 levels by 2020. All 47 Democrats in the California Assembly voted yes in support of AB 32, and all 33 Republicans voted no in opposition to AB 32.

Proposition 23 was the attempt to suspend AB 32 until California’s unemployment rate had dropped to 5.5% or less for four consecutive quarters. It was nicknamed the California Jobs Initiative by supporters and the Dirty Energy Proposition by opponents. In addition, Proposition 23 lost by a vote of 38.5% in favor and 61.5% in opposition

Assembly Bill 32 and Proposition 23 are a classic example of industry vs. industry, with the more politically popular using big government to give it special incentives or drive competition out of the market.

Some of the key findings:

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