Creative forces unite against Prop. 23

"I've got lung capacity smaller than it has to be / that's what happens growing up by gas factories"

Proposition 23, bankrolled by out-of-state oil interests, threatens to reverse California’s environmental progress by suspending its landmark climate change legislation,  Assembly Bill 32. Titled the Global Warming Solutions Act, AB32 would place enforceable limits on major polluters and spur the creation of green businesses. But if voters approve Prop. 23, progress on transitioning to clean energy could be stalled for decades. The Guardian published in-depth coverage of Prop. 23 in the Oct. 13 issue.

A broad coalition of big green organizations, green-business associations, and others has formed to oppose Prop. 23 -- but some of the most inspiring efforts have emerged from a coalition of environmental-justice advocates who are tapping their own creative genius to get the message out.

Hip hop artists Braelan B and Gammaray of the Los Angeles-based Beatrock Music label spearheaded the creation of a No on Prop 23 song, in collaboration with Otayo Dubb and T-Know (both of CounterParts with Braelan B and Gammaray), and artists Nomi of Power Struggle, Somos One of BRWN BFLO, and Damn Pete of Think Tank. Have a listen:

Braelan B told the Guardian that the artists were inspired by the efforts of Communities United Against Prop 23 -- a coalition of environmental-justice organizations that is highlighting the impact the ballot measure would have on communities of color -- as well as a voter-mobilization effort called the Clean Energy Tour, and the California Students Sustainability Coalition (CSSC), which is seeking online pledges for “no” votes against Prop. 23. Also known as Braelan Murray, he also serves as communications director at the Greenlining Institute, which is part of Communities United.

“We’re trying to use music as a catalyst,” he explained. “The youth vote and the of-color vote are really the swing votes.” To launch the music project, he said, “I just sort of got on the phone and said, California’s under attack, and I really want to send a strong message.” The idea caught on, and the YouTube video featuring the song already has more than 1,000 hits.

Meanwhile, Green for All has released a YouTube video about Prop. 23 set to the tune of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage,” featuring some rather hilarious oily cowboys smoking cigars and clutching fistfuls of money. Check it out:



Texas has awoken an entire state! Creativity is shining! That song has been on repeat in the office all morning!
Communities United!!!!

Posted by Matt from the West coast on Oct. 22, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

It really is a shame that California voters seem poised to committ suicide on November 2. Electing Moonbeam, again. Letting the union-bought-and-paid-for Democrat legislature pass a "budget" by majority vote. Implementing AB32.

You simply can't ask for more a perfect storm that will drive tens of thousands of jobs out of state, along with just as many productive people who will refuse to be fleeced by the state and have their businesses run into the ground. There goes your tax base and your job creation. Oh well, I assume the Dems will just create a few more dozen government agencies to hire more union hacks.

Posted by Scott on Oct. 22, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

I suppose you prefer that greedy dumb-as-rocks CEO Megabucks Meg. Too bad. She's about to find out money can't buy everything. She can buy your vote, maybe, but sure as hell not mine, or the votes of most Californians.

But even in selling your soul to the devil, you're just an idiot. The woman is probably going to spend $40 dollars per vote, including yours. Except that you won't even get a cent of that. If I were you, I'd at least ask her to buy you lunch.

With that mindset, I bet you're one of the people who will vote for Mike Villenes for Insurance Commissioner. With the Insurance Companies spending millions to elect that jerk, I was wondering today what sort of person would actually vote for him. The only reason they care is because they want to make more money -off of YOU. They want to raise their rates as much as they can get away with, and they need a lackey to give them favorable regulatory reviews and not investigate them when they screw small businesses and consumers. Again, that would be YOU. But you're going to vote for him anyway. Because you're just the kind of guy that will galdly bend over and say "thank you" while they screw you. Aren't you, Scott.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 24, 2010 @ 7:52 pm

The California Jobs Initiative (CJI) is an oil corporation farce and fraud. There is no connection, whatsoever, between greenhouse gas emission reduction and the loss of jobs. This notion is an insult to the intelligence of the people of California. In fact, there is job growth in the clean, renewable energy industry. Chevron employs 65,000 worldwide and CJI is not going to change this. The only jobs created by the oil industry are clean-up jobs after oil spills and deep water, blow-outs and pump-handler jobs. CJI will make fantastic profits for the oil industry, increase air pollution, especially in communities around their refineries and there will not be lower gas prices. Tesoro, Valero and Koch Industries are super Enrons. Since when did the oil companies start to show any concern for the unemployed and their families and for the consumer. Occidental, Shell, Exxon Mobil, BP and Chevron are silent partners in CJI.

Posted by Guest Earl Richards on Oct. 22, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

If a few hundred bankers can bankrupt the world economy, how far fetched is it to suggest a Climate Change conspiracy at the UN, MET, NASA and ……………….GREENPEACE?
When has anything ever been as bad as the media has said it will be? What if media had covered climate change science as well as they did Toyota? Spread Love, not Wind Mills. No, bad weather is not our fault now.

I am a Green-Liberal Climate Change Denier. Stop scaring our kids.
-trust politicians to manage the weather.
-think humanity is stronger than Nature.
-only human pollution stays in the air forever.
-wish, pray and hope for this misery to really happen.
-are a doomsday cultist because Climate Change is “unstoppable warming“.
-unquestionably accept other peoples thinking.
-deny any denial science.
-make a religion-like virtue out of no evidence.
-feel envy for anyone who has more than you.
-accepts as your God as being a fat politician who promises to lower the seas with taxes.
-call Bush a liar, but the fear mongering Gore and Canada’s Nutzuki are true saints.
-think contracted consultants are scientists.
-like scaring children with ‘DEATH BY CO2”.
-think we are immortal gods who can kill the powers of Nature and the cosmos.
-a participant in the Iraq War of science, Climate Change.
History will not be kind.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 22, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

This isn’t about Oil vs Solar or Wind, its about a poorly crafted piece of legislation that will do more harm than good and about protecting jobs until AB32 is fixed and we can afford it.

Very few voters have taken the time to read AB 32.

AB 32 was enacted before the facts were known. It simply needs to strip out the Cap and Trade provision and reliance on Green House Gas assumptions and its potentially a piece of leadership legislation. Sustainability, Clean Energy, and Stewardship are great goals but not at the expense of Common Sense.

AB 32 needs to eliminate the Cap and Trade provisions 70% of America Opposes, eliminate the unnecessary oversight Fees, eliminate the reliance on flawed Green House Gas assumptions, correct the vague language that will introduce Environmental Red Tape that will do more damage than good, ensure AB 32 doesn’t undermine The Rule of Law, and make non-governmental agencies like CARB accountable to the taxpayer for their mistakes.

Voting YES on Prop 23 makes the most sense until AB 32 is fixed and we can afford it.

Posted by NewportMac on Oct. 24, 2010 @ 8:58 am
Posted by NewportMac on Oct. 25, 2010 @ 2:14 pm