California voters last night said it loud and clear – our clean energy future is NOW. In a decisive victory against big corporate polluters, voters rejected Prop. 23, legislation designed to undo the progress the Golden State has made in tackling the challenges of climate change.
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Prop. 23, a California ballot measure whose passage the Washington Post says “would be disastrous,” threatens to undermine one of the most important energy, economic and environmental laws passed in the last decade.
It’s been a tough year for national climate and energy policy in the U.S. and unfortunately progress is practically at a standstill. However, not so for states – states have been leading the way on addressing climate change, reducing carbon emissions and accelerating the development of a clean energy economy. But now, Prop. 23 threatens to undo that progress, and move our country backward.
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the CoolClimate Art Contest awards ceremony, an event calling on artists worldwide to join the climate change discussion and visually portray how they experience this global environmental crisis. Five winners were selected from over 1,000 entries from around the world. First place winner Christos Lamprianidis of Greece said, “I am a teacher. I teach high school pupils. But, above all, I am a father. And I’m afraid. What kind of land and air will our children and grandchildren inherit?””
A bill by Chairman Nick Rahall to reform the lax oil and gas drilling practices that allowed millions of gallons of oil to spew into the Gulf of Mexico was approved today by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Natural Resource Committee.