Locus Focus on 11/01/10
PRE-ELECTION DAY SPECIAL: CALIFORNIA PROP. 23, DIRTY MONEY AND THE FUTURE OF THE PLANET
The environment is on the ballot in hundreds of electoral contests in all 50 states, in the guise of anti-environmental, anti-science and anti-climate candidates and ballot measures. More than 750 congressional and state legislative candidates have signed on to support the anti-climate agenda of Americans for Prosperity—a corporate front group funded by the oil billionaire Koch brothers. In California the Koch brothers have spearheaded Proposition 23, a ballot measure to suspend the Global Warming Act of 2006. This law requires that greenhouse gas emissions in the state be cut to 1990 levels by 2020. If this measure passes California would forfeit the vanguard position it has forged for establishing regulations that vigorously confront climate change and slip back into the clutches of the oil and coal industry.
This week on Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein talks with Steve Kretzmann, Executive Director of Oil Change International, about the money trail that has brought Proposition 23 before California voters and threatens to undermine the state's landmark climate change legislation. We'll learn what we can do to work for the separation of Oil and State.
Steve Kretzman founded Oil Change International in 2006 to educate about the true impacts of fossil fuels and to conduct research, education and organizing to hasten our transition to clean energy.