The future of California will be determined in good measure by the outcomes of this November’s elections. Proposition 23 is on the ballot. A majority YES vote on Prop 23 would suspend the economically disastrous provisions of Assembly Bill 32 in the state. Here are some things to think about for voting smart on November 2.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. The law sought reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and purported to energize the creation of jobs in so-called “green” industries.
The signed law was thought to catapult California as a state of ideological leadership, particularly in environmental policy. Federal laws seeking to emulate California’s laws for the nation focused eyes on the state to watch its progress.
Problem #1: Those very laws are contributing mightily to California’s current economic demise.
Problem #2: California wasn’t the first to install a state-imposed “green” economy. Spain was, and it failed there.
California claims a bad idea
In the first place, California wasn’t so smart in calling a bad idea its own. If Californians had looked hard at the state-sponsored “green” debacle in Spain, they might have discovered before instituting it rigors that the state’s economy would suffer catastrophic losses before registering any environmental benefit, if any, if ever.
Green gills in Spain
It’s no secret. Spain is on the brink of economic disaster. From its “green” push alone, Spain lost 2.2 jobs for every claimed “green” job created anew. Not to mention that those new green jobs were only temporary ones. If that’s not robbing Peter to pay Paul, I don’t know what is. “Peter” is private industry in Spain. It was robbed of workers to produce products that work and that people demand, and robbed of the investments it might have otherwise made to produce wealth.
California can claim its economy back
Unlike Spain, California has the opportunity to suspend a bad law, put a stop-loss on the economic slide, and restore some sanity to its thinking about the environment, which, if they bothered to look around, is the one thing that’s not doing badly in California.
Unlike Spain, those who have smelled the roses in California, besides knowing they’re still blooming, brought Proposition 23 to the ballot. Prop 23 gives Californians the opportunity to suspend state-imposed economic destruction from provisions of the Global Warming Solutions Act instituted in 2006 and signed by a man who left his heart in Hollywood.
Say it isn’t so
California need not be likened to Spain. It need not suffer the same fate, if unthinkingly following in its footsteps of a bygone era. As goes Spain, so goes California? It needn’t be so. YES on Proposition 23 can turn California around the corner.