Prop 23: The Importance of Civic Engagement over Political Opinions

15 Oct

Common sense tells us voting is a right that we should practice. With all the propositions and candidates it’s very easy to lose sight of its importance. Does my vote matter? I’m too lazy. Who are these people? Like many others, I’d like to stress that voting is essential. Maybe your specific vote won’t change the outcome. Regardless, keeping yourself informed and engaged in the community can only help (even in a small-scale sense) change the world. Now I’ll step off my little soapbox.

Sorry-totally had to add this in here...

As a new California soon-to-be resident, I’ve tried to educate myself on Proposition 23. According to voterguide.ca.gov, Proposition 23 entails:

“SUSPENDS IMPLEMENTATION OF AIR POLLUTION CONTROL LAW (AB 32) REQUIRING MAJOR SOURCES OF EMISSIONS TO REPORT AND REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS THAT CAUSE GLOBAL WARMING, UNTIL UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS TO 5.5 PERCENT OR LESS FOR FULL YEAR. INITIATIVE STATUTE.”

To put it simply, yes means suspending current regulations that address global warming (efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions). The implications for both sides are vast. I’ve listed the main implications for both sides below.

Yes:

  • Prevention of energy taxes
  • Saves jobs while potentially lowering unemployment rate
  • Increase short-term state revenue

    For Prop 23: small business, agriculture, oil companies

No:

  • Threats to public health (air pollution and the like)
  • Reduces California wind and solar job-creating efforts

    Against Prop 23: clean energy firms, green job workers

The strangest aspect of the proposition is Texas (yes, Texas…not California) oil companies are pumping in money to reduce clean energy and air pollution standards. This will lead to even more reliance on oil.

This post may seem obvious. I find that as obvious as this may all be, citizens still seem to be apathetic. I figure if we are even the smallest bit more informed, the world will be a better place! Whichever side you are on of the debate, go out and vote on November 2nd!

There are an overwhelming number of resources to help you make a decision. I’d recommend a more objective source (i.e. .gov endings).

Check out http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/qualified-ballot-measures.htm

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