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Heartland Institute Offers Prop 23 Research to California Voters

October 29, 2010

On November 2, Californians will have an unprecedented opportunity to vote on a ballot measure that will protect their jobs and their quality of life.

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On November 2, Californians will have an unprecedented opportunity to vote on a ballot measure that will protect their jobs and their quality of life.

Proposition 23 would suspend implementation of the "Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006" until the state's unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent or lower for four consecutive quarters. That act would require that greenhouse gas emission levels in the state be cut to 1990 levels by 2020.

The Heartland Institute offers Californians the best available research and commentary on the science and economics of global warming, so they can prepare to cast an informed vote on Prop 23. Two new podcasts also give voters a good summary of what they should know before November 2.

President Obama admitted more than two years ago -- before the American economy tanked and unemployment rates soared -- that anti-global-warming measures will result in more-expensive energy. "I'm capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, natural gas, you name it," the president told the San Francisco Chronicle. "Electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." That means fewer jobs and a lower quality of life for Californians, according to The Heartland Institute.

In March of this year, California's Legislative Analyst's Office agreed anti-global warming measures are a jobs-killer: "The aggregate net jobs impact [of the Global Warming Solutions Act] is likely to be negative," it reported.

And earlier this month economist Benjamin Zycher of the San Francisco-based Pacific Research Institute found that passage of Prop 23 would save 150,000 jobs in 2011, rising to more than 500,000 jobs in 2012 and about 1.3 million jobs in 2020.

With the latest reports showing California's unemployment rate now topping 12 percent and a budget deficit of $12 billion, Heartland concludes Californians cannot afford the higher energy prices and restrictions on economic growth that would result from its anti-global warming mandate. Proposition 23 offers a sound and common-sense alternative.

The Heartland Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization headquartered in Chicago. It has more than 3,500 donors, allies, and friends in California. Heartland has been covering the economics and science of global warming and energy-related policy for more than two decades.

For more information about Prop 23, please visit CaliforniaProp23.com, Heartland.org, and Heartland's new policy blog, Somewhat Reasonable.

Heartland Institute Jim Lakely Communications Director 312/377-4000 jlakely@heartland.org

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Jim Lakely is the director of communications and the primary media contact at The Heartland Institute.
jlakely@heartland.org @jlakely