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CA Prop 7 - The fight for clean energy gets dirty

Posted by mike@active on Oct 29, 2008 11:06:26 AM

!http://community.active.com/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadImage/38-10916-6326/turbines.jpg|style=float:right; padding:0 0 .8em .8em;|src=http://community.active.com/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadImage/38-10916-6326/turbines.jpg!On November 4th, citizens of California will have the opportunity to vote on a radical clean energy initiative.  At a glance, the proposition appears idealistic: by the year 2025, California power plants are to be generating 50% of their power from renewable resources (wind, solar, geothermal, etc).  Supporters explain that by voting this bill into law, California would become a world leader in the production and use of clean energy.

Opponents say the bill is so poorly written that current pitfalls in California's renewable energy policies will remain locked in place and will hamper the creation of new, clean power plants. They also speculate that current power plants that produce less than 30 megawatts would be excluded from the tally and would likely go out of business. Also notable is the projected 10% increase in energy costs, though this point has been sharply contested by the supporters of Prop 7.

It seems that both sides are adamant that the other is providing false information to the public, and both have had fervent rebuttals to each others claims.

I myself am very conflicted with this bill. While I am eager to see progress in the energy arena, I'm not sure this bill will be California's "Clean Energy Panacea". With both sides calling foul on the other (and without reading the wordy 62-page text of this bill), I sit here scratching my head deciding which way to vote.

Whether you live in California or not, you'll want to keep your eye on this battle come November 4th.

For more information on this bill, visit the California Voter's Guide: Voter's Guide - CA Proposition 7

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