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As I scroll through the news feeds on environmental problems I have frequently been running into the same topic, Prop 23. Seeing as the November elections are creeping closer, prop 23 has become a bigger and bigger issue in the Environmental community. An article that I was reading titled, “In these hard economic times, Prop 23 makes sense,” written by Francisco Alvarez discussed how approving prop 23 would increase the number of jobs and save people money.

Just for some background on prop 23, it would suspend AB32 which is California’s clean energy and air pollution control act that was passed in 2006, it would also allow polluters to avoid our states clean energy standards. On top of that it will kill the competition between dirty energy companies clean energy technologies. AB32 would be suspended until the unemployment rates fell to 5.5% for four consecutive quarters in row. In the past 35 years our unemployment has been at or below that level on three different occasions.

I disagree with the article when it says that by voting yes on prop 23 it will save jobs and money. The author says voting yes on prop 23 will help save jobs. The jobs that he is talking about is the dirty oil company job,  but  what he fails to mention is that green energy jobs employ 500,000 people. With the passing of prop 23 it will hurt the 12,000 clean energy companies that have been continuing to grow and make it even harder for them to compete against the big oil companies. The author also makes an argument that veterans from war are coming home to a country with no jobs and that is another reason why we need to vote no on prop 23. I also disagree with that because if AB32 will continue to stay enacted it will build a even stronger clean energy industry and will only create more clean energy jobs. Clean energy jobs have been growing ten times faster than the states average over the past 12 years, that should be advertised more.

I think that voters need to look deep into what prop 23 is because the people that are for prop 23 make the prop seem, at first glance, like a good thing and I think it is kind of deceiving. In my personal opinion I think that keeping AB32 would only give our country a opportunity to grow in a different industry other than oil. Unfortunately right now the oil companies are the ones with so much money and they have ability to turn the situation in their favor with all the advertising they are able to do.

Clean energy is a good investment in our future. Our country does not need to save the oil companies, we need to save our planet from further destruction, which is what AB32 is trying to prevent. One day we are going to run out of oil and if we don’t invest in alternative energy now we will have a very hard time in the future.

World Powers

As I was browsing through my google reader today, I came across a really interesting article on an international meeting where the top economic countries have a forum on Energy and Climate. I remember learning about this meeting happening in Copenhagen last year, Environmental activist had high hopes that it was going to move the world in the right directions by correcting our carbon and green house has emissions, and correcting our path of climate change. This meeting of 17 nations that produce 80% of our carbon emission responsible for climate change failed last year. This article proceed to speculate that it is going to make no significant progress again.

In the article Environmentalist Bill Mckibben, co-founder of a very strong environmentalist group 350.org said, “The U.S. congress failed to pass a law to combat climate change made it  “very difficult” to clinch a strong agreement in Cancun.” I agree with what Mr. Mckibben says, the United States is a very strong political leader. Environmentalist need the help of politics to correct our path of climate change. The United States on of many major leaders but if we start correcting our carbon emission and show other countries of power, I think we would have many followers. In my opinion too much of our world has to do with politics and money and that is why the United Sates and many other countries are not taking a stand, too much  money will come out of it.

Mr.Mckibben also thinks that the next couple of years will be very disappointing in terms of action, and during that time our people will just have to build a strong movement. I think 350.org believes that if we show enough passion with enough people to create a massive movement with out the governments help, the governments around the world will see and begin to listen and take action as well. It also says in the article that Republicans are going to retake control of the House of Reps which I think could mean even less progress. I am afraid that having so many Republicans in the House of Reps is going to make it even harder to progress considering that even when Democrats had control of The House we could not make a lot of progress.

Overall I found this article very interesting, I don’t think many people know that this kind of meeting even happens in our world. If more people were aware of this international meeting and how much power it holds for our future of our Earth we would organize something that would make the strongest economic and largest carbon emission countries in the world, CLEAN UP our world.

I found a post today about the biodiversity risks associated with climate change that really sparked my interest. What I really liked about this add is that it was short and simple. It made a great point about how there are many other species in the Arctic besides polar bears that are at risk. Polar bears get the most recognition because they are charismatic megafauna creatures, but they are just one part of the food chain. Less ice in the Arctic means less reflection going back out into the atmosphere which means more absorption and faster melting. There are many other creatures that depend of the Arctic ice other than polar bears; Algae, invertebrates, birds, fish and mammals further up on the food chain. I completely agree with the article when it says that most of our society seems to focus on the mega fauna creatures that are being affected by climate change. But in reality even the small bacteria and small fish are just as important in our world of biodiversity.