The Dernogalizer

November 3, 2010

One Big Win Last Night

Filed under: Energy/Climate — Matt Dernoga @ 11:29 am
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It’s no secret that the results last night were pretty disastrous for Democrats, particularly in the House.  However, of the bright spots, the best in my opinion is the resounding defeat of Prop 23 in California.  California is one of the 10 largest economies in the world, and its climate law will be carried out thanks to the defeat of Prop 23.  With 93% of precincts reporting in California, Prop 23 has gone down with 61.4% of voters rejecting it, and 38.6% supporting, an impressive margin of victory for environmentalists and clean tech companies in California which opposed it.

 

 

 

October 26, 2010

Repower America’s Smart Use of Online Media

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 12:47 pm
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Photo from Repower America blog

I love this move by the new media people over at Repower America.  They’ve bought up a bunch of websites that say “Yes on Prop 23” which then redirect visitors to a website explaining why Prop 23 is a bad for California’s clean energy economy.  Below is a repost of their announcement of this great tactic.

The backers of the Yes on Proposition 23 campaign in California have plenty of reasons to be embarrassed:

· Their key talking points are based on lies.
· An overwhelming majority of their funding comes from oil and coal companies.
· Some of their key organizers are actually proud to be funded by out-of-state oil companies.
· Their advertisements are designed to mislead Californians.

Even more embarrassing is the fact that their entire campaign is based on a falsehood. While the Yes on 23 campaign claims that the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 is harmful to the economy, they’ve got it completely backward: clean energy solutions that help solve the climate crisis are actually beneficial to California’s economy. To help them out, the Climate Protection Action Fund has developed some new websites the Yes on Prop 23 campaign may want to consider directing their supporters to:

· http://yes-on-23.com
· http://yes-on-23.org
· http://voteforprop23.com
· http://voteforprop23.org
· http://yes-on-prop23.com
· http://yes-on-prop23.org

The new Yes on Prop. 23 sites read, “This is really embarrassing. We’ve just realized that Prop. 23 is a bad idea. It turns out you can solve the climate crisis and create jobs at the same time.”

 

 

October 21, 2010

Student leader, Joel Francis, challenges Charles Koch to debate Prop 23 and CA’s economic future

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 5:10 pm
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Way to go Joel!  See the press release here

CA Student Leader, Debate Team Alumnus Challenges Koch to Debate Prop. 23

If Ignored, Will Go to Wichita to Present Challenge in Person About Koch’s Attempt to “Wreck” California’s Clean Energy Economy

Los Angeles Cal State L.A. debate team alumnus, former student leader and Marine Corps veteran Joel Francis today challenged Charles Koch to debate the Koch-backed Proposition 23 initiative “anytime, anywhere” in the state of California. If his challenge is ignored, Francis says he will be at Koch’s Wichita, Kansas, headquarters on Tuesday to follow up on the challenge.

Francis issued the challenge via video as a part of Power Vote California, a project of the California Student Sustainability Coalition, a coalition that is fighting the initiative that Koch has backed with at least a million dollars. If passed on November 2, Prop. 23 would suspend California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). Passed in 2006, AB 32 ensures the innovation and development of clean energy solutions like solar, electric cars and more.

Francis and Power Vote California are particularly concerned that suspending AB 32 would “wreck” the most promising employment sector for students and graduates entering the job market.

Since 2005, California green jobs have grown 10 times faster than the statewide average. Now, 500,000 employees work in clean technology or green jobs in the state. One hundred economists from California and around the world have called for a “No” vote on Prop. 23 and protect AB 32 because of the legislation’s importance to California’s economic stability.

As a senior, I like that clean economy jobs have grown 10 times faster than the statewide average, but I’m deeply concerned that Prop. 23 would jeopardize $10 billion of private investment in the state’s clean economy, the most promising employment sector for young Californians,” Francis said. “If you are going to try to hurt the economy of a state you don’t even live in, then you ought to have the courage to explain yourself in person.”

If his challenge is ignored, Francis plans to travel to Wichita early next week to deliver his debate challenge letter to Koch’s office in person.

Mr. Koch, I get that you and your corporation don’t want to be part of our clean energy future. That’s your free-market choice. But that doesn’t mean you get to wreck its development for everyone else,” Francis said. “I’m not going to let you hide behind your billions of dollars in Wichita, Kansas. If I don’t hear back from you by Tuesday, I will be at the front door of your office to issue this challenge again in person. As the CEO of one of the largest privately held companies in the country, I know you can’t possibly be afraid of just one college student.”

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About California Student Sustainability Coalition – http://www.sustainabilitycoalition.org/:

The California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC) is uniting and empowering California’s community of higher education to collaboratively and nonviolently transform ourselves and our institutions based on our inherent social, economic, and ecological responsibilities. It was founded in 2003.

 

October 20, 2010

Vice President Gore Urges “No” Vote on Proposition 23

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 3:18 pm
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From the Repower America website

WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Today, Former Vice President Al Gore and the Climate Protection Action Fund have released a new video statement urging opposition to a harmful California ballot initiative, Proposition 23. In the statement, Vice President Gore asked Californians to vote against the ballot proposal that would effectively overturn the state’s pioneering energy and climate law.

“The fight for America’s clean energy future is taking place right now, and it’s come to California,” Vice President Gore said. “This is a fight we simply cannot afford to lose.”

Proposition 23 would suspend the state law known as the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, or AB 32. This law sets limits on the greenhouse gas pollution that is changing our climate, while creating incentives for the production of clean, renewable energy. The funding in support of Proposition 23 has come overwhelmingly from out-of-state oil companies.

The Climate Protection Action Fund is working to defeat Proposition 23 by sending staff members to California for voter outreach and education.

“This is a pivotal moment, and all of us need to be involved,” Vice President Gore said. “The polls show that Proposition 23 is a close vote. We need everyone in California to get out and vote ‘no’ on Proposition 23.”

October 19, 2010

No on Prop 23 Battle Gets Big Boost from James Cameron, Google

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 11:49 pm
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The No on Prop 23 battle being waged in California against the oil industry sponsored initiative to gut California’s global warming law is very fascinating.  While environmentalists and their organizations are fighting tooth and nail, the clean tech industry in California has grown to be a formidable foe to the fossil fuel industry.  They are matching big oil dollar for dollar, and then some!  Hopefully as the clean energy industry grows in other states, it will gain the kind of influence we’re seeing in California…an influence that can stand toe to toe with the fossil fuel special industry.  A recent poll shows voters are 45-34 in opposition!  The campaign to stop Prop 23 received a nice boost of recent, according to Todd Woody on Grist…

“Since Thursday, the No on 23 forces have raised more than $7.3 million as the Silicon Valley-Hollywood-environmental-industrial complex revved up for the final push before Election Day on Nov. 2.

The Yes campaign’s take since Thursday? $10,000.”

“Avatar director James Cameron attracted the most attention with his $1 million donation on Friday. But Gordon Moore, the legendary co-founder of chip giant Intel, also dropped $1 million into the No coffers that day, and so did Pacific Gas & Electric ($250,000), California’s largest utility and a leading proponent of climate change legislation. Google co-founder Sergey Brin also donated $200,000 on Thursday, and an organization of Silicon Valley tech companies contributed $125,000.

On Tuesday, a group of some 66 investors controlling more than $400 billion in assets are scheduled to hold a press conference to announce their opposition to Prop 23.

In the meantime, national environmental groups and non-profits continued to pour cash into the No campaign last week. The National Wildlife Federation contributed $3 million on Friday. ClimateWorks Foundation, a San Francisco non-profit, gave $900,000. New York’s Rockefeller Family Fund kicked in $300,000 on Thursday and the Natural Resources Defense Council, a top No on 23 donor, added $300,000 more Friday.”

Want to help?

  1. Visit the “No on 23″ website, learn the facts & sign up:  www.StopDirtyEnergyProp.com.
  2. Educate yourself on how California’s climate & energy laws have created companies & jobs:  www.CABrightSpot.com.
  3. Tell your friends by email, on Facebook, at work, & everywhere else.
  4. Participate in the debate. Write letters to the editor and post comments on blogs & websites.
  5. Contribute (click here). The other side’s leader, right-wing California Assemblyman Dan Logue, has publicly said he expects the oil companies to spend $50 million.

October 14, 2010

Excellent NO on Prop 23 Video

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 1:20 pm
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Want to help?

  1. Visit the “No on 23″ website, learn the facts & sign up:  www.StopDirtyEnergyProp.com.
  2. Educate yourself on how California’s climate & energy laws have created companies & jobs:  www.CABrightSpot.com.
  3. Tell your friends by email, on Facebook, at work, & everywhere else.
  4. Participate in the debate. Write letters to the editor and post comments on blogs & websites.
  5. Contribute (click here). The other side’s leader, right-wing California Assemblyman Dan Logue, has publicly said he expects the oil companies to spend $50 million.

 

September 29, 2010

Fight Prop 23 in California, Ads in Full Swing

Filed under: Energy/Climate — Matt Dernoga @ 6:16 pm
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A new poll shows there’s a dead heat on Prop 23, a referendum on whether or not to block California’s climate legislation, one of the most ambitious in the nation.  Want to help?

  1. Visit the “No on 23″ website, learn the facts & sign up:  www.StopDirtyEnergyProp.com.
  2. Educate yourself on how California’s climate & energy laws have created companies & jobs:  www.CABrightSpot.com.
  3. Tell your friends by email, on Facebook, at work, & everywhere else.
  4. Participate in the debate. Write letters to the editor and post comments on blogs & websites.
  5. Contribute (click here). The other side’s leader, right-wing California Assemblyman Dan Logue, has publicly said he expects the oil companies to spend $50 million.

Here’s a misleading one by the big oil companies, see the website listed above for debunking

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