California prop 23 failed with the voters

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    At the ballot box this November California voters showed that they are determined to clean up their state's deplorable air quality. They quashed Proposition 23, which would have temporarily suspended key emissions-reduction tenets in the Golden State's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. How temporarily? Until pigs fly, or rather until the state unemployment level dropped to 5.5%--from the 12.4% it's at now.

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    The biggest backers of Prop 23 were Texas-based oil companies like Tesoro ( TSO - news - people ) and Valero Energy ( VLO - news - people ) and Koch Industries (owned by the Tea Party-backing billionaire Koch brothers), all of which have operations in California. Valero, for its part, put up $5 million for a media campaign attempting to convince California that the Global Warming Solutions Act is a job-killer. So too did truck drivers who spew particulates from their diesel engines while hauling loads to and from the Port of Long Beach.

    If only those workers knew that their jobs were killing them. The American Lung Association says that truck drivers, dock workers and railroad workers who inhale diesel exhaust are much more likely to die from lung cancer and heart disease than the general population.

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    They didn't get any sympathy from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who opposed Prop. 23--and who signed the original 2006 global warming legislation. Last week Schwarzenegger, wearing a pair of tough-looking cowboy boots, celebrated the vote and lambasted the oil companies: "We made it clear if those interests push us around," he said, "we'll push back."

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    Children who live near a major highway are not only more likely to develop asthma or other respiratory diseases, but their lung development may also be stunted.

    According to a study that will appear in the February 17 issue of The Lancet and now available online, researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) found that children who lived within 500 meters of a freeway, or approximately a third of a mile, since age 10 had substantial deficits in lung function by the age of 18 years, compared to children living at least 1500 meters, or approximately one mile, away.

    "Someone suffering a pollution-related deficit in lung function as a child will probably have less than healthy lungs all of his or her life," says lead author W. James Gauderman, Ph.D., associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. "And poor lung function in later adult life is known to be a major risk factor for respiratory and cardiovascular diseases."


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    Prop 23 was written to stop implementation C02 limits.

    C02 is not pollution.
     
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    Correct. It will be interesting to see how fast the state collapses. If California actually goes through with the legislation as it exhists I forsee a mass exodus of industry away from the state and hopefully moving to my state!
     
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    california has industry?!...since when...
     
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    Food, all the food you eat, even the garbage at the gas station, look for Bon Appetite, danish rolls, pastries, I did some work there and I dont eat there stuff. The place would not shut down while we did welding and cutting above the food production lines. Earthquake retrofits.

    We also have some Aerospace and of course Silicon Valley
     
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    California's air is cleaner than its been in the last 100 years.

    The Governator is an idiot, just wait until Brown takes office, thank god the democrats won, most likely we will be guaranteed that Brown will hit the federal government with the bill for the mess the terminator and the republicans made.

    We are the nations welfare state and all you people get to pay our bill, for our wind power, our solar plants, for the money we borrowed to make hydrogen fuel, more complete failures, now prop 23 will bankrupt us further, and we get to hand the check to you.

    Pay up, you get to pay for all your Liberal ideas by bailing out California and our illegal immigrants.

    Thank you Liberals of the USA, we will spend your money wisely. We promise, honest.
     

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