LA Times Promotes Unemployment in California
Below is the rather biased article in the LA Times which suggests that
it is somehow wrong for oil companies to support the initiative to
suspend AB32 until unemployment reaches 5.5%. Margot Roosevelt
writes lies (highlighted in red), quotes liars like Arnold
Schwarzenegger and Fran Pavley, and promotes websites opposing the
effort. She names companies and gas stations which the opposition
wants to boycott. All this helps to add to the rising unemployment
figures in California.
Help us kill AB32 and shackle CARB by:
By Margot Roosevelt
April 19, 2010
Opponents of the law, largely oil firms and conservative activists,
miss a signature-gathering target date for putting an initiative on the
November ballot, but get a cash infusion to keep trying.
Oil companies and conservative activists poured nearly $1 million last
week into their campaign to place an initiative on the November ballot
that would delay enforcement of California's global warming law.
The effort, which also sought to enlist “tea party” activists, came as
organizers failed to meet their original goal of gathering the 433,000
necessary signatures by Friday.
But with the infusion of $930,000 to pay signature gatherers, bringing
the total to $1.9 million, "We will all do what it takes to win," said
Assemblyman Dan Logue (R-Marysville), an initiative backer.
"This will be an epic battle like no other between environmental extremism and job growth."
Initiative opponents reported raising $637,500, $500,000 of it from the
Green Tech Action Fund, an offshoot of the Energy Foundation, a San
The initiative, which would delay restrictions on greenhouse gas
emissions until statewide unemployment drops to 5.5%, highlights deep
divisions over the state’s economic future. Proponents say that AB 32,
the climate law, will cost jobs, boost electricity bills and push
companies out of the state.
But advocates of the law, led by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, say it will fuel growth in renewable energy, electric vehicles and other innovative enterprises.
The climate law "is an economic opportunity," said Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), a coauthor of AB 32. "Over
the last few years, we have seen nearly $900 million in green-tech
venture capital invested in our state. If AB 32 is taken away, these
new jobs will dry up."
Under the law, the state must slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2020. Scientists
say the gases collecting in the atmosphere are disrupting the global
climate and affecting water supplies, sea level and agriculture in
Los Angeles' Occidental Petroleum, the state's second-biggest oil
producer, contributed $300,000 to the campaign last week. "Implementing
AB 32 in the teeth of the most significant recession in the last 60
years would be foolhardy," said spokesman Richard Kline.
Under a cap-and-trade program envisioned under the law, he said, "Oxy
would be forced to reduce production or purchase costly offsets."
Industries that produce a disproportionate amount of the state's
health-damaging air pollutants, such as refineries, power plants and
cement kilns, would be most affected by the law.
Among the initiative's biggest funders are Texas refinery giants Valero
Energy Corp. ($500,000) and Tesoro Corp. ($200,000), which also operate
gasoline stations in California.
Valero also is a leader in the effort to stymie national climate
legislation under debate in Congress. Initiative backers hope that
delaying the nation's first comprehensive climate law will slow
momentum on a federal bill.
people are outraged at the fact that Texas oil companies . . . are
coming to California and trying to change laws and policies in
California," Schwarzenegger told reporters recently.
But in a letter to the California Air Resources Board last month,
Schwarzenegger signaled that the state would compromise with industry
opponents by ramping up the law's requirements slowly, distributing
permits for greenhouse gas emissions for free at first, rather than
auctioning them. That "carefully phased" approach, he wrote, would be
"sensitive to the challenges businesses face."
Working Assets, a San Francisco telephone company that supports
environmental causes, and the Los Angeles-based Courage Campaign have
launched a boycott of the state's Valero gas stations, as well as
stations operating under the Beacon, Diamond Shamrock and Tesoro
labels, affiliated with initiative funders. "Don't let Big Oil decide
your future," urges the opponents' website, NoOnValero.com.
Last week, a Missouri-based nonprofit, the Adam Smith Foundation, also
surfaced as a major funder of the initiative, with a $498,000
contribution. The group describes itself as "committed to promoting
conservative principles and individual liberties in Missouri."