Thank you for helping defeat Prop 23!
CIPL was part of an unprecedented coalition to defeat Prop 23, thus defending California’s major clean energy law, AB 32. Prop 23 was the biggest referendum ever in the country on climate and clean energy – and the voters overwhelmingly chose to address climate change and move forward with the clean energy revolution.
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to on this issue. Prop 23 was defeated by the largest margin of any of the California propositions, with 61% of the electorate voting “No.” On a related note, Prop 26, which would re-classify some “fees” as “taxes,” and thus require a 2/3 supermajority to pass, did pass. However, this rule will apply only to policies enacted after January 2010, thus keeping AB 32, which was passed in 2006, regulations safe.
Here’s what the Los Angeles Times wrote about Proposition 23:
“No environmental campaign in U.S. history can boast the level of activism in California this year: Prop 23 opponents mustered 3,200 volunteers, made 2.8 million phone calls to voters, sent out 3.4 million pieces of mail, made 379,676 on-campus contacts with college students, and operated a sophisticated computerized outreach program that identified and contacted 481,000 voters, and showered voters with 900,000 get-out-the vote phone calls and text messages in the last three days.”
We will monitor the impact of Prop 26 and keep you informed on ways that faith communities can continue to advocate for implementation of good clean energy policy, like AB 32 and we will find ways to respond to harmful impacts of Prop 26 and other measures and elections this past ballot. Keep up the good work to keep California clean and green!