Updated: 9/11/06; 7:04:16 AM.
Gil Friend
Strategic Sustainability, and other worthy themes of our time

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Also huge: Proposition 89, on the California ballot this fall, to stop the legalized bribery of massive money in politics.

Case in point: AT&T and other telecom companies are spending more than $1600 per day per California legislator to win the day for their sides view of the cable company vs telephone company video franchise debate. That's not a typo; $1600 per day per legislator -- more than five times what those people are paid! I haven't studied or taken sides in the video franchise debate -- but I don't need to in order to know how bad this smells, and how corrosive to the political process this can be.

It's time to buy back democracy, folks. (This might just be the most important political issue of the year, given the impact it could have on political campaigns in the future.)

PS: The California Chamber of Commerce doesn't agree.
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[SF Chronicle]: California will become the first state in the country to require industries to lower greenhouse gas emissions under a deal struck Wednesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democrats that could dramatically reshape the state's economy....By 2020, when industries would have to lower carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by 25 percent, solar panels, alternative fuels and electric cars could be commonplace, according to advocates of the legislation.

This is AB 32, mentioned yesterday. This is huge.

'This is the tipping point in the country's climate-change debate', predicted Bob Epstein, head of the business group Environmental Entrepreneurs.

I'll have more detailed commentary soon.
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