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Prop 23 debate: You say you want a green revolution – just not yet

Downtown Los Angeles, California on a smoggy afternoon.
Downtown Los Angeles, California on a smoggy afternoon.
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In 2006, California lawmakers passed the landmark Global Warming Act, which mandated that greenhouse gas emissions be cut to 1990 levels by the year 2020. Supporters envision that, as its provisions take effect, the transition away from oil and into cleaner fuel sources will energize the state by creating a new ‘green’ economy in California. But a measure on this year’s ballot aims to suspend those requirements until the state’s jobless rate falls below five and half percent – and stays there for a full year. Proponents call Prop 23 the “California Jobs Initiative,” while the opposition has deemed it the “Dirty Energy Proposition.” Will suspending environmental regulations really help save jobs? And if so, is it worth postponing California’s green revolution?


Anita Mangels, chief spokeswoman for the Yes on 23 campaign

Steven Maviglio, chief spokesman for the No on 23 campaign