Saturday, May 06, 2006

Angelides and the Environment

Being the Phil supporter that I am, I have to tout the recent endorsement of Phil by the California League of Conservation Voters--which required a two-thirds vote.

That's all well and good, but I care more about the details. Phil's policy seems to be broken down into two main initiatives: Clean California and Coast Guard. I'm including the bullet points below.

Clean California: "to reduce California's gasoline and diesel use by 25 percent in ten years making California the world leader in developing clean and renewable fuels."
  • Invest in public-private partnerships to make California the global leader in developing and selling clean fuels, vehicles, and renewable energy.
  • Invest $1.5 billion from California's state and local pension funds in clean technology and renewable energy.
  • Require that auto and oil companies give Californians clean fuel choices.
  • Convert all state and local government fleets to clean, efficient vehicles.
  • Put in place a comprehensive smart growth plan for California to curb sprawl, clean up the air, and let Californians drive less.

Coast Guard: "reverse the policies of Arnold Schwarzenegger and George Bush, renewing California’s historic commitment to coastal and ocean protection."

  • Launch a comprehensive program to identify, purchase, and protect key undeveloped portions of the coast.
  • Fight for a permanent federal ban on oil and gas drilling off the California coast.
  • Require comprehensive state planning before approval of any liquid natural gas (LNG) terminals and desalination plants on the coast.
  • Restore funding for the Coastal Commission and other coastal protection agencies.
  • Reduce coastal pollution and beach closures from sewage and runoff.
  • Require lobbyists to register and disclose their contacts with the Coastal Commission.


At May 06, 2006 7:45 PM, Blogger Eric Z said...

If we're talking about Phil's environmental record, let's not overlook the fact that 40% of his campaign contributions come from land developers, and that as a developer himself he was taken to court by the EPA for violating the Endangered Species Act.


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