Award-winning Investigative Journalist Robert Parry (1949-2018)

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Environmental Coalition Beats Back Oil Company Referendum to Overturn California's Global Warming Regulations

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Interview with Larry Fahn, former president of the Sierra Club, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

prop23 One of the few bright spots for progressives in this year's election was the resounding defeat of Proposition 23 in California, which would have suspended the state's groundbreaking climate change law - AB-32 -- until unemployment dropped to 5.5 percent for four consecutive quarters -- an unlikely if not impossible scenario for the foreseeable future. A diverse coalition emerged to fight the proposition, which was largely funded by two Texas-based oil companies.

In the campaign to defeat Proposition 23, about $30 million was raised by the referendum's opponents, with big donations from environmental groups and wealthy individuals including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and film director James Cameron. An estimated $10 million was contributed to the campaign supporting Proposition 23, mostly from Texas-based oil companies, Valero Services and Tesero, along with funds from conservative organizations.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Larry Fahn, a former president of the Sierra Club, who continues to serve on the environmental group's board. Fahn, a leader in the fight to defeat Prop. 23, talks about how the victory was achieved and what success at the ballot box means for clean energy in California and the nation. He also looks at the passage of another California referendum question that has raised concerns about whether AB-32 can successfully be implemented.

LARRY FAHN: The environmental community was very united and got assistance not only from Gov. (Arnold) Schwarzenegger and people like George Schultz, as well as Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and people in the green technology field, and we ran a very tight campaign. We got a lot of public support from just the rank and file of the environmental groups; the Sierra Club was very prominent in its outreach, along with Credo Mobile -- part of Working Assets -- a lot of environmental justice organizations and groups that were really concerned about climate change and the need to continue to make progress in the transition to a clean economy and renewable energy. We also did outreach to newspapers. We ended up getting about 50 California newspapers all publishing editorials against Proposition 23; and we did that by having our activists in each community call the newspapers, get editorial board meetings, and explain what was really at stake. So a lot of really wonderful things came together, and we succeeded beyond our expectations by more than a 60-40 margin.

BETWEEN THE LINES: There were big spenders on both sides of the issue. You had the Texas-based oil companies pushing Prop. 23, and then big movie moguls like James Cameron and some high-tech gurus giving big bucks to oppose it. Did regular folks contribute much to the "No on 23" campaign?

LARRY FAHN: Absolutely, there was. Prop. 23's website had ways people could donate, and a lot of regular folks donated to a group called Communities Against Prop. 23, which was an effort to reach out to African Americans, Hispanics, labor and other parts of the progressive community that aren't particularly known to be strong environmentalists, and a lot of regular folks donated small amounts.

I should add, however, that we were really disappointed at the end of the day, because there was another proposition - Prop. 26 -- which would require a two-thirds vote before any new fees could be assessed in the state of California, and that would be fees like fees for oil spills, fees for recovering the costs from smoking and health care issues. And about a month out we started adding the No on 26 message to the No on 23 message, but we were unsuccessful, and a lot of the same interests that were behind the effort to undo the climate change legislation -- Prop 23 -- like the oil companies, were behind the effort to pass Prop 26, and they prevailed on that one.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Do you think that will make implementation of AB 32 more difficult or even impossible?

LARRY FAHN: Well, it's still uncertain. All the regulations implementing AB 32 are still being developed as we speak. There are a number of people who are concerned that this new Proposition 26 may somehow stymie efforts to implement AB 32, but that might have to be unraveled in the courts as well. I think it depends on how 26 is interpreted and how the various interest groups try to implement it.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Larry Fahn, what, if anything, has already been done to implement AB 32?

LARRY FAHN: Well, again, all of the implementation is being done by the California Air Resources Board, and I know they've drafted a very lengthy series of regulations that is the beginning steps of the implementation, but it's very preliminary. They're taking comments and it's still all in the works. A lot of agencies are working on it. I think there's been a lot done, but it's still in the early stages. It really doesn't start taking effect until 2012.

BETWEEN THE LINES: What do you think this win says, if know, when there was a concrete threat to an existing law, that people rallied to save it, as opposed to not being able to get any energy legislation through Congress. What do you think the lesson is for the rest of the country?

LARRY FAHN: Well, I think what we've learned is that citizens in California really understand that global warming is a real threat and we need to take action to deal with it, and further, that the action we take, rather than being harmful to the economy will be helpful to the economy, because it has the potential to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in what we call the clean energy sector -- from building windmills and solar panels and rehabbing and retrofitting old buildings, to some of the new technologies for bio-fuels and algae-based energy. There's a tremendous amount of innovation going on here in California and the citizens realize that and want to see that continue, and they want to see a really productive transition to a clean energy future.

Larry Fahn currently heads the group, "As You Sow," which promotes corporate responsibility. Visit their website at or the Sierra Club's website at

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