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Environmentalists Oppose Props 7 & 10

I do some work for No on Prop 7.

On Thursday, I headed over to Berkeley for a press conference at the Sierra Club against Props 7 & 10.  Also there were the CA League of Conservation Voters, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. All four of these groups are opposed to the two environmental measures on the ballot, Prop 7 and Prop 10.

Unfortunately, these two measures were not sufficiently vetted.  Prop 7 could discourage renewable development with poor siting mechanisms and a risk of shuttering small renewable producers. Prop 10 is a massive giveaway to natural gas interests, and Swiftboater T. Boone Pickens.

The San Francisco Bay Guardian, certainly no friend of the utilities, also reluctantly came to the decision that both of these props were losers. Join the Calitics Editorial Board in voting No on Props 7 & 10.

Prop 10: Building a Coalition of Everyone: Californians Against the Pickens Raid

Well it’s about time that some of California’s big groups got around to mentioning that Prop 10 is an enormous giveaway to T. Boone Pickens and the natural gas companies.  A bit later this morning (10AM to be precise), a big group of folks will be gathering on the West Steps of the Capitol to let T. Boone and the gang that he can’t raid our coffers so easily. They’re dubbing it the “Coalition of everyone.” And really, it is quite a diverse coalition, including the CA Labor Federation, CA Nurses Association, the CA Federation of Teachers, the League of Women Voters and the CA Chamber of Commerce.  

The group describes Prop 10 as “Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens’ money grab at the taxpayers’ expense.” And, bingo, bango, bongo, that’s exactly what it is.  T. Boone, the leading funder of the Swiftboating of John Kerry in 2004.  Basically, Pickens wants the state to get thousands of natural gas cars on the road and help from the state to build a bunch of natural gas fueling stations.  How is it in our best interest to spend billions on a technology, while admittedly cleaner than gasoline, is an unrenewable fossil fuel? It’s searching for answers in the past.  We need to look forward to build a sensible renewable policy, not give away money to natural gas barons.

No on Prop 10!