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Proposition 23: Debating the future of California’s energy & environment




Supporters call Proposition 23 the California Jobs Initiative; opponents label it the Dirty Energy Proposition.
Supporters call Proposition 23 the California Jobs Initiative; opponents label it the Dirty Energy Proposition.
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Supporters call Proposition 23 the California Jobs Initiative; opponents label it the Dirty Energy Proposition. Whether it passes or fails Prop 23 promises to shape the future of California's energy & environment policies, for better or for worse. Prop 23 would suspend California's landmark carbon emissions regulation bill, AB32, until the state's unemployment rate drops to 5.5% or below. The implications are wide ranging, from the potential of businesses abandoning California to avoid the onerous restrictions of AB32 or the blossoming of a green energy sector in the state, with the potential to create thousands of new jobs unique to California. Polls indicate a closely contested race as Californians balance the interest of protecting the environment with protecting jobs—but do the two priorities need to be mutually exclusive? We bring you both sides of a heated debate.

Guests:

Dorothy Rothrock, senior vice president of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association

Terry Tamminen, CEO of Seventh Generation Advisors, an environmental & clean technology advocacy group

Ann Carlson, professor of environmental law & faculty director of the Emmett Center on Climate Change & the Environment at the UCLA School of Law

Matthew Kahn, professor of economics at the UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability

Margot Roosevelt, climate reporter for the Los Angeles Times