Remember that blog post last week about how great AB32 will be for California’s economy, especially consumers and small businesses? Well get this: Petitions are circulating to put an initiative on the November ballot that would suspend AB32 as long as unemployment in the state is above 5.5%.
So who’s behind the so-called “California Jobs Initiative”? You guessed it… oil companies. The New York Times reports that Texas-based oil refiners Valero and Tesoro are the sole funders of the ballot measure.
Linking environmental regulation to unemployment is a longtime PR strategy for big polluters. The fact that it has been exposed as a blatant untruth does not prevent the spin doctors from trotting it out every time the government threatens to impose new environmental regulations.
In December, 2009, Next 10, a non-partisan think tank, released “Many Shades of Green.” The report highlights 36% green job growth since 1995, compared to 13% overall job growth in California. (The green job sector leader during this period was solar with 63% job growth)! Again, in 2007-08, green job growth grew by 5% while total jobs fell 1%. So, great idea Valero…let’s undermine the very industries who are keeping the California economy afloat.
Warn your friends and co-workers…don’t sign this petition!