Saturday, October 2, 2010

"The Goodness of Their Black Oil Hearts!"

Environmental issues as they unfold south of the border are important here in Canada as the Tories have tied what it is they do to American actions -- anything else they argue would put Canadian business at a disadvantage. A great excuse to avoid the difficulties involved in real leadership.

 In California there is a campaign being run by big oil and their astroturfing organizations for the passage of a bill called proposition 23. It was placed on the ballot by Texas oil companies. The proposition would undo California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (also known as Assembly Bill 32, or AB 32). The outfits running these lying, deceitful campaigns can rightly be referred to as the usual suspects-- Koch, Tesoro and Valero.

The bill is forward looking and considered to be a landmark clean energy bill that many hoped would serve as a template for national efforts to reduce dependence on foreign oil and mitigate the threat of climate change. The bill is aimed at reducing California’s emissions of CO2  and other greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by 2020 and by 80 percent at mid century. To reach these targets, state agencies are drawing up regulations that affect businesses and consumers across the board — requiring cleaner cars, more energy-efficient buildings and appliances. If the oil companies could manage to get this law rescinded it would be a major blow to those who are trying to fight global warming. Clearly they are frightened at the prospects of stricter and more sane regulations and are spending vast amounts of money to campaign against it.

The Citizens United ruling has unleashed the forces of corporate greed and power in American politics at every level. Surprising voices are standing up to fight against it. One of those is Arnold Schwarzenegger -- listen to him give a great speech on what it is that is motivating those usual suspects, which he declares is certainly not "the goodness of their black oil hearts".