Just as we were beginning to discuss the political impact of the oil platform disaster, what should show up in my inbox but an e-mail from Gavin Newsom – Mayor of San Francisco, running for lieutenant governor (after having dropped out of the race for the top job)?
That would be me.
The environmental catastrophe devastating the Gulf of Mexico is a tragic reminder of why we must take a stand against the oil companies and oppose all offshore drilling off California’s precious coast. Together, we have to send a strong message to the interests who want to repeal AB 32, California’s landmark law that fights climate change — they just submitted over 800,000 signatures to qualify a measure for the November ballot. We must act quickly to ensure they don’t roll back this critical law.
Gavin’s gang doesn’t, apparently, have any difficulty tying Climate Change law and environmental protection together. Gavin’s not running to replace the Governator anymore, but the AB 32 repeal may turn out to be a very live issue in all statewide races – which have been looking unusually competitive for California Republicans…
Click Here To Contribute To My Campaign Today So I Can Fight To Protect AB 32 And Our Environment.
Our state’s environmental health and economic future depend on our responsible stewardship. We simply cannot allow our progress on clean energy and the new green economy to be erased.
Please Click Here To Contribute Online and To Help Us Meet Our Goal Of Raising $25,000 In The Next 48 Hours
I’m proud to say I earned the endorsement of The California League of Conservation Voters, who know my record and how I’ll continue to protect California’s environment. With your help, I can push for even stronger pro-environment policies on a statewide level and ensure that we keep landmark legislation like AB 32 intact.
It may not be too early to say “get used to it.” (I’m assuming no one here is going to mind my having de-activated GN’s fundraising links.)
If any of the worst-case or near-worst-case scenarios develop on the oil disastrophe, it would have been nice for conservatives to have had a sensible, credible strategy on the environment that was secure against tomorrow’s headlines… Because there will be headlines, and those who are invested, or taken to be invested, in denial and in seemingly unbounded confidence in technology, corporate responsibility, or maybe theoretically self-correcting market mechanisms are going to be at a distinct disadvantage when the public is alarmed and furious.