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Study Says Prop. 23 Would Cause Calif. To Miss Emissions Goal

Analysis Shows 2020 Target For Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Unlikely Under Prop. 23

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Aired 9/22/10

A University of San Diego research center study shows passing Proposition 23 would keep California from reaching its target date to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A University of San Diego research center study shows passing Proposition 23 would keep California from reaching its target date to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Proposition 23 would suspend the California Global Warming Solutions Act until the state's unemployment dropped to 5.5 percent for four consecutive quarters.

The analysis from USD's Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) shows if the measure passes, the state would miss its 2020 goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels.

The study said 14 strategies to reduce emissions account for about half of the reductions.

EPIC Director Scott Anders said they would be suspended under Proposition 23. He said if the measure is adopted, the greenhouse gas emissions law could be suspended for years.

"If 50 percent of your measures to get you to your target are suspended for 10 years, you're not going to get to your target, that's pretty clear," Anders said.

Anders said the analysis is based on available economic forecasts, historical unemployment data and the interpretation of Proposition 23.

He also said if the ballot measure passes it's likely there will be legal challenges about what strategies would be suspended and for how long.

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Avatar for user 'EarlRichards'

EarlRichards | September 21, 2010 at 4:52 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

The California Jobs Initiative (CJI) is an oil corporation farce and fraud. There is no connection, whatsoever, between greenhouse gas emission reduction and the loss of jobs. This notion is an insult to the intelligence of the people of California. In fact, there is job growth in the clean, renewable energy industry. Chevron employs 65,000 worldwide and CJI is not going to change this. The only jobs created by the oil industry are clean-up jobs after oil spills and deep water, blow-outs and pump-handler jobs. CJI will make fantastic profits for the oil industry, increase air pollution, especially in communities around their refineries, and there will not be lower gas prices. Koch Industries, Valero and Tesoro are super Enrons. Since when did the oil companies start to show any concern for the unemployed and their families and for small businesses?

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LeckerUndLustig | October 4, 2010 at 11:36 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Renewable energy is the future of job creation, it would be the best thing we could do to create jobs. If we are to stay with the current situation, we stay with the current problems; polution, same amount of jobs, no job increase, just the same people working the same jobs. I can hear it now, parents explaning why polution was more important to fight for than the future of their children. Sorry Johnny, we needed jobs so we could not afford to change from dirty energy to renewable energy. Yeah, we had to drive SUVs because our egos could not fit into smaller vehicles. We had to have computers running night and day. Oh, well. Here is our gift to you children of the future, ignorance.
Coal is what turns out lights on, the fuel mix is mostly coal. Heavy metals are in coal, producing particulate matter (PM) when it is burnt to produce electricity. We breath that PM, it falls on the ground, we drink the water that comes from rivers, we eat the meat of animals that eat the grass for which PM lands on. Very small amounts of heavy metal causes neurological disorders.
I hope that other people read this because my hope is that you love the children of the future enough to suck up your pride and make a difference.
I now drive a smartcar, I turn off lights in empty rooms, I use energy saver everything, I live in a small home (electricity bill no higher than $20.00 a month), I recycle, it has taken me years to change. I love being care free, but I love children more. God bless the future of job creation and children.

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