California Propositions

Because of my involvement in the green movement and alternative fuels, I’ve been asked by a growing number of people for info on California Propositions 1a, 7 & 10. I have included some info on each of the props along with my conclusions & opinions, as well as links to resources.

And I’m including prop 2 on this list because it’s important to me.

Proposition 1a
Safe, reliable high-speed passenger train bond act

Proposition 2
Standards for confining farm animals.

Proposition 7
Renewable energy generation

Proposition 10
Alternative fuel vehicles and renewable energy.

California Proposition 1a

California Proposition 1a

Safe, Reliable High-speed Passenger Train Bond Act

While this is an expensive bill, it is worth supporting. We need to reduce traffic congestion and get cars off the road. Especially cars with only one person -- the driver.

Two hours and forty minutes from LA to San Francisco, and it avoids the traffic jams in Santa Barbara.

Now let’s get moving on the high speed “levitating” train from SoCal to Vegas, with slot machines that light up as soon as we hit the Nevada border! Happy

California Proposition 10

“Alternative Fuel Vehicles and renewable Energy. Bonds Initiative Statute”

I've read extensively on Proposition 10 and the goals are not even remotely good. This one makes me angry. I place it into the greedy, self interest, large corporation lobbyist, BS category that is one of the major problems we face in this country.

The initiative sets a low bar for “clean alternative vehicles,” which it says must produce “no net material increase in air pollution” relative to gasoline or diesel.
I don't believe in the "Well, at least it's not any worse than what we currently have" approach -- we have to do better. Much better. And it needs to be in the best interest of the California residents and the environment, not some billionaire from Texas (a state that I totally hate to the Nth degree, but I won’t tangent on that).

Vehicles that meet this standard would do little, if anything, to reduce air pollution or greenhouse gas emissions.

Rebates can go to dealers and others who could take the rebate and send the vehicles out of California. We could see a lot of poaching.

T Boone Pickens Clean Energy Fuel Corp spent 3 mil to put this proposition on the ballot and he stands to make a fortune if it passes.

Prop 10 will increase the demand for natural gas & residential utility bills will soar.

Prop 10 subsidizes natural gas vehicles and will undercut other clean vehicles like plug in hybrids and electric.

This does not get us off fossil fuels, it just shifts the focus from one fossil fuel to another. Even if it turned out to be cheaper, it just delays the inevitable -- fossil fuels are a limited resource. As they become more scarce, prices will soar, and we’ll see similar windfall profits just like todays gas companies.

This appears to be a ginormous sham, and T Boone Pickens is positioning himself to give California a reacharound. California citizens need to step in and c-block this greedy bastard.

For more info and probably a little less anger, check out the following sites:

No On Prop 10

National Resources Defense Council Link

Sierra Club Link

Consumer Federation of California 1

Consumer Federation of California 2

Plug In America

Post Carbon Institute

Environment California

California Proposition 7

“Renewable Energy Generation. Initiative Statute”

I've read extensively on Prop 7 and while the goals are good, the method of achieving them is not. Being one who eagerly, anxiously and impatiently wants to see faster change towards renewable energy, this proposition isn’t going to do it, nor is it even a baby step in the right direction.

The proposition needs to be defeated, although I’d like to see a defeat by a margin of 5 - 10%, to show that California voters want greater energy independence. The message should be “THE RIGHT RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICIES WILL PASS.”

A few key points and some links so you can read further and possibly even obsess over it like I do:

Prop 7 excludes power from renewable plants that are smaller than 30 megawats. 60% of contracts under California's renewable requirements are from small providers.

Solar power is being led by businesses and homeowners who are installing solar arrays on their rooftops and selling energy back to the utilities. SoCal Edison and other utilities are leasing roofspace from corporations for large installations (still less than 30 megawats). The utilities would be discouraged from this if doesn't count towards their renewable power goals.

Proposition 7 is a poorly written measure that locks the flaws into law and only allows changes by 2/3 vote of the legislature.

Prop 7 reduces penalties for utilities that do not meet the renewable energy targets. That’s a clear step backwards. We should not make the penalties cheaper for utilities that do not comply.

A staggering number of companies that would benefit from renewable power are opposing Prop 7.

The CA Democratic Party, CA Republican Party, CA Green Party, and a handfull of other third parties are all against this proposition. How often do all the parties agree on anything? That says something.

Here are the links:

No on Prop 7

National Resources Defense Council Link 1

National Resources Defense Council Link 2

Sierra Club Link 1

Sierra Club Link 2

The Vote Solar Initiative

And if you really want to read, this is the mac-daddy of them all: