When All Else Fails

California’s Prop 23 and the “big oil money” campaign – outspent 3 to 1

by Anthony Watts

You and I know it was never about facts, it was about hyping the green dream. Just look at the numbers. First from the opposition:

Of course they don’t dare mention the amount of money their side has put into it, because, well, that would look imbalanced. Now have a look at the other side of the issue from the legislator who spearheaded the effort:

Logue: Big money beat Proposition 23

By LARRY MITCHELL – Staff Writer

CHICO — Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Linda, said big money defeated Proposition 23, which would have put the brakes on Assembly Bill 32, the state’s clean-air act.“We were outspent three-to-one,” Logue said in a phone interview Tuesday night.Logue spearheaded the Proposition 23 campaign.

AB32 was passed and signed by the governor in 2006. It provides that between 2012 and 2020 greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced to 1990 levels.

Proposition 23 would have postponed implementing major parts of AB32 until the state’s unemployment rate stood at 5.5 percent for a year. Now the jobless rate is around 12 percent.

In June, when Proposition 23 qualified for the ballot, the Enterprise-Record interviewed Logue and Robin Huffman of the Chico-based Butte Environmental Council. At that time, Logue was thrilled, and Huffman expressed concern.

Full story here at the Chico Enterprise Record

Here’s the REAL “dirty secret”, from the LA Times:

But it was pure spin. As they say in the movie, “Follow the money.”

Two Texas-based oil refiners, along with California business trade associations and anti-tax activists thought they could halt the nation’s most ambitious effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions. But they were able to raise only $10.6 million. Most of California’s biggest companies, including Chevron, Pacific Gas & Electric and Sempra Energy, stayed neutral or actively opposed the initiative.

Backers were steamrolled by a $31.2 million campaign funded by such wealthy philanthropists as San Francisco hedge fund manager Tom Steyer, such big environmental groups as the National Wildlife Federation and the ClimateWorks Foundation, and such Silicon Valley green-tech moguls as John Doerr and Vinod Khosla.

10.6 million from “big oil”

31.2 million from “big green”

Yep, that’s some dirty secret alright. But you won’t see this reported on one side news outlets or green blogs.

There’s lot of hype about green jobs, but read this from a man who actually created some of them:

I know firsthand about green jobs. SunPower Corp., a company I chair and the second-largest U.S. producer of solar cells, has produced about 800 green jobs in California. But that’s just a fraction of the 4,700 jobs lost when Toyota pulled the plug on its local Nummi automotive plant due to the high cost of doing business in California.

That “pull the plug” meme will be repeated again and again in the coming months.

And then there’s this absolute rubbish:

Here’s why, when you look at California’s energy supply…

Energy Generation in California: Source: Figure E-1
California Energy Commission – http://www.energy.ca.gov/2009_energypolicy/

…and you see all that hydro, nuclear, natural gas, and renewables, you have to ask yourself: “where’s the dirty energy problem?

With coal making up only 18.2%, “dirty energy” and up to 40% of the electricity coming from out of state (remember Enron’s manipulation of California?) “dirty energy” was really a non-issue.

But when we are talking green jobs, green energy, green money, green envy or just about anything else “green”, such facts don’t matter.

Congratulations to California, you got the government and legislation you deserve.

Maybe Kieth Olberman of MSNBC will name me the “worst person in the world” for writing this fact check. Oh, wait.