From Solar Nation: What happens in California may not stay in California
This is not just significant, this is HUGE.Â In an election cycle in which private corporations – including many foreign companies – shoveled money at candidates who could be counted on to be compliant with their corporate agendas, Golden State voters saw through the misinformation of the prop. 23 campaign and voted accordingly.Â And that sent the message to the rest of the country that, in a state where voters understand and care about such issues, polluting industries don’t automatically get their own way.Â Not only that, but this is a state where the success or failure of energy and environmental legislation has a way of getting exported to many other states.Â That’s how critical this particular battle was.
If their chiropractors are OK with it, Californian voters should twist around and pat themselves on the back for that one.
- 94% of Americans polled believe it’s important to develop and use solar power;
- 80% want federal subsidies shifted from fossil fuels to solar;
- 70-80% want the Government to tackle climate change;
- 49% would pay more for clean, reliable solar energy.
The implication is that the California ballot initiative results, not to mention the results of many of the statewide and U.S. races in that state, fairly well reflect the mood of the country on these matters.Â And that means that the 112th Congress should think very carefully before nullifying the progress made, to this point, on clean energy legislation around the country.
Assuming, of course, they’re paying attention