San Francisco, United States — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 05 November 2010 – In what has been described as the largest public vote for clean energy policy in American history, Proposition 23 was defeated this week by approximately 60% of the voters of
Proposition 23 would have suspended California’s greenhouse gas emissions targets until unemployment in the state “’which has been around 12% since August 2009 “’dropped to 5.5% for at least a year.
This vote sends a clear message to state and federal leaders in the United States that even during a major economic downtown in a state with one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates, voters want a clean energy future.
West Coast political director for the Environmental Defence Fund Wade Crowfoot described the defeat of Proposition 23 as an undeniable win for renewable energy. “Californians actually recognise that the clean energy economy is expanding around them.
While Proposition 23 was aimed at California’s unemployment rate, opponents of the proposition said it would have jeopardised the jobs of over 500 000 Californians employed in renewable energy, a rapidly growing job market.
“The defeat of Proposition 23 tells Congress that the largest state in the Union that represents the eighth largest economy in the world is a cornerstone of economic recovery, and that Californians view clean energy as part of the solution,” Crowfoot said.