Propositions 7 & 10 Failed. What Now?
California voters rejected two propositions this week that claimed to address greenhouse gas emmissions. But now that props 7 and 10 have been rejected, where do we go from here? I'll speak with two e
Tom Fudge: One of the propositions that failed at the ballot on Tuesday was called state proposition seven. Seven was an ambitious attempt to accelerate California's timeline for switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy for electricity generation. Prop 7 would have required all utilities, including government-owned ones, to generate 20 percent of their energy from renewables by 2010, just two years away. They would have been required to generate 50 percent from renewables by 2025. Prop 7 failed by a large margin. It was opposed by the energy generation establishment and by established environmental groups. They said Prop 7 set unrealistic goals and was poorly written. But now that this initiative has gone down in history, where does that leave us? And how is California doing in its efforts to shift away from the use of fossil fuels and put the dent in the greenhouse effect?
Andrew McCalister, director of programs for the California Center for Sustainable Energy .
Scott Anders, director of the Energy Policy Initiatives Cente r at USD School of Law.