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!

–Erica Etelson

Posted by Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy co-founded Sungevity and now serves as strategic advisor. He is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. He is the author of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy - and Planet - from Dirty Energy (2012), a book that has been described as the clean energy manifesto for the next greatest generation.