Will the Golden State Go Green?

I've added a couple of environment-related initiatives in California to the ballot measure guide. Here's what I've added: Issue: Prop. 7, which (among ...
by | November 3, 2008

I've added a couple of environment-related initiatives in California to the ballot measure guide. Here's what I've added:

Issue: Prop. 7, which (among other things) would require that California utilities produce half of their energy from renewable sources by 2025.

Analysis: At least of its face, Prop. 7 would create some of the most ambitious renewable portfolio standards in the country. However, a broad coalition, including both the Democratic and Republican parties, is opposing it because they say it was poorly written and would have broad unintended effects.

Issue: Prop. 10, which would authorize $5 billion in state bonds, to pay for incentives to purchase alternative fuel vehicles and for research into renewable technologies.

Analysis: Everyone wants alternative fuels, but the price tag for this measure is causing concerns in the context of California's severe budget problems. For that reason, even some environmental groups, such as the Sierra Club, are opposing Prop. 10. Billionaire T. Boone Pickens is a major backer of this initiative.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman  |  Former Staff Writer
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