Thanks to Grassroots, Big Oil's Prop 23 Looks to Be Headed for Defeat in CA

Last night Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared, "The San Francisco Giants defeated the Texas Rangers tonight, just like California voters are going to defeat the attempts of dirty Texas oil companies to undo our clean energy laws at the polls tomorrow." And it looks like indeed, Californians will have another reason to celebrate. 

According to polling information from Sunday, 48 percent of California voters said they planned to vote no on Prop 23, compared to 33 percent who planned to vote yes. Prop 23 is Big Oil's pet proposition that seeks to undo the historic global warming and clean air legislation, AB 32, that is set to go into effect in the next few years -- helping to further solidify California as the destination for the clean tech sector. (You can find out more about Prop 23 here.)

Prop 23's big corporate donors gave $10 million to try and reverse the landmark environmental bill, but thanks to a large grassroots network, they ended up being out funded 3:1. As Laura Bassett reports for the Huffington Post:

The numbers project a big victory for grassroots activists like CREDO Mobile, whose volunteers have made 459,120 personal phone calls to voters since the beginning of the campaign, including 8,642 in the middle of last night's World Series game.

Becky Bond, the political director for CREDO, said the success of the No on Prop. 23 campaign in branding the bill as Texas-oil-backed should provide a blueprint for the global fight against climate change.

"Here in California, to save our climate laws, the grassroots and netroots have gotten together early and attacked the corporations sponsoring this bill," she told HuffPost. "The oil companies have limitless money to spend on these campaigns -- all they really had to do was blanket the airways with advertising that scared Californians into thinking this was going to destroy jobs in our state. They were really cued up to come in an outspend us and win, but we started fighting back and saying, 'This is not about jobs, this is about two Texas oil companies coming in and rewriting our green energy laws that we worked really hard to pass.'"

I guess that's California 2, Texas 0.

AlterNet / By Tara Lohan

Posted at November 2, 2010, 11:38am

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