Yesterday was election day and changes nationwide may hold the promise of a brighter future for the United States of America. Republicans have taken control of the U.S House of Representatives and the Democrats have the Senate majority. In California, voters have rejected Prop 23, a measure that would halt the state’s plans for reducing greenhouse gases.
From the California Voter’s Guide, Prop 23:
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.
The fact that Prop 23 didn’t pass is huge for Silicon Valley investors who put millions of dollars into green technologies. It was also a turning point for the state of California. Michael Eckhart, president of the American Council on Renewable Energy, said, “This is reaffirmation that we are a country of some enlightenment. A majority of Californians, even in great stress of unemployment and economic demise, will still accept this responsibility. Rejecting an attempt to destroy the environment is a good thing.”
Those who voted NO for Prop 23 were relieved to see that Jerry Brown was voted California’s new governor. Jerry Brown supports the environment and deriving energy from renewable sources. V John White, from the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology said, “With Jerry as governor, the transformation of our electricity sector will have a captain for the ship.”
The future seems to hold good things for California!