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Prop. 87 to Fund Alternative Energy through Oil Tax


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On November 7, Californians will be voting on 13 statewide propositions. One of the most bitter fights centers on Proposition 87, the oil tax measure. So far, more than $90 million has been spent on this proposition and is expected to set a spending record for a single initiative. 

So why this massive fight over a proposition that would tax California oil production to fund a $4 billion program to reduce gas and diesel consumption by 25 percent through incentives for alternative energy, education and training? Gloria Penner hears from both sides on Prop. 87. 


  • Shelley Luce, environmental scientist and engineer, director of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.
  • Tom Tanton, vice president and senior fellow with the Institute for Energy Research, policy adviser with the California Energy Commission.

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