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.

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