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Greenlining Joins Growing Opposition to Texas Oil Company Measure

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — The Greenlining Institute has joined the swelling ranks of opposition to Texas oil companies’ dirty-energy proposal, now known as Proposition 23 on the November ballot.

“As an organization devoted to economic opportunity for communities of color and low-income Californians, we can state unequivocally that Prop. 23 would be a disaster for our communities,” said Greenlining Institute Executive Director Orson Aguilar. “Texas oil companies are pushing this measure to protect their profits, knowing it will be a job-killer.”

Proposition 23, which would suspend California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), is being sold as a measure to protect jobs, but the authors of a UC Berkeley study sometimes cited by proponents have stated that AB 32 “will generate enormous opportunities for California by fostering leading-edge technologies, processes and products that can be exported to the rest of the world.” Investment in green technology in California has exploded since the law’s enactment, greatly exceeding all other states combined.

The largest donor to the Prop. 23 campaign thus far is Valero Energy, a Texas-based oil company.

“Voters need to understand what is happening here,” Aguilar said. “Texas oil interests want to kill clean energy in California in order to protect their ability to get rich, and they don’t care how many Californians they put out of work to do it. Prop. 23 will hurt all Californians, and it will especially hurt the minority and low-income communities who most need the green jobs this new industry is creating — and who often breathe our state’s dirtiest air.”