It's about GREED, not Green. Vote "No" on November 4th!

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What is Proposition 10?
"The California Renewable Energy and Clean Alternative Fuel Act" – a deceptively named initiative - would authorize “$5 billion in bonds ($9.8 billion with interest), much of which would provide rebates to buyers of natural gas powered trucks along with some research and development funding. It doesn’t clean the air but it does line the pockets of the billionaire who paid for it.

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Prop 10: Exploding California’s Deficit, Cutting Education and Health

Prop 10 costs our state's General Fund $335 million per year for 30 years. California faces a $15 billion budget deficit disaster. Spending another $335 million a year to pay off Prop 10 bonds means more cuts to our schools, public health and public safety.

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Prop 10: Riddled with Loopholes – Defines Pollution Status Quo as “Clean”

Taxpayers will shell out $2.5 billion to subsidize trucking companies to purchase so-called “clean” vehicles that can pollute every bit as much as diesel and gasoline powered trucks. Every major environmental group says: Vote No on Prop 10.

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Prop 10: Pick-pocketing Californians – A $10 Billion Texas Boondoggle

Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens bankrolled Prop 10. He profits from giveaways that favor the trucks that will fill up at a Pickens owned natural gas station. Interstate trucking companies can collect California handouts of $50,000 per “clean” truck, and re-locate the trucks out of state. We pay - others get the benefit. Read more...

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California Sends Pickens Packing - Prop 10 Crushed

The No on Proposition 10 campaign won a lopsided defeat of T Boone Pickens’ ballot measure. With 56 % of the ballots counted, 61% of voters were voting No and only 39% were voting Yes.

Voters looked beyond the price tag of the initiative. At this moment, voters are approving Prop 1A (High Speed Rail Bond) with a 51% Yes vote. The taxpayer cost for Prop 1A is nearly twice that of Prop 10, and the Yes on 1A campaign had little money. The same voters are rejecting Prop 10 and its $23 million war chest in a landslide. Clearly voters … Continue Reading

Every major California Newspaper and Environmental Group - including Labor, Consumer, Taxpayer groups all Agree - Vote No on 10!

When it comes to support, Prop 10 will be remembered as one of the most universally opposed ballot measures in California history. EVERY major environmental group - including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Environment California - have urged a No vote on Proposition 10.

Nearly 40 daily newspapers have editorialized against Prop 10, while not a single one has come out in favor.

In fact, the No on 10 coalition is one of the most broad based in history, including such diverse organizations as the League of … Continue Reading

CitizenSam Takes On Texas Oil Tycoon

Much thanks to CitizenSam for chiming in on T. Boone Pickens Prop 10 Pickpocket Initiative. The Sacramento based political strategist, Sam Rodriguez produced and released his own video urging voters to vote no on proposition 10, “The Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy Measure.” The video dubbed, “Stop the Texas-Two Step Scam,” directly attacks Texas Billionaire T. Boone Pickens for trying to steal $10 billion from California to subsidize his own corporate interests.

The video can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_BDn4hiZY0

Last Minute Dirty Tricks: “Yes on 10” Chair Claims Obama’s support

This morning we were alerted to a rather strange email from the Yes Campaign implying that not only does Obama support Proposition 10, but somehow by voting for it you’re “supporting Obama’s energy plan”.

Of course the facts are quite different, and simple: Obama hasn’t taken a position on Prop 10, and it bears no resemblance to his energy plan. So, we issued a letter today to Yes on 10 Campaign Manager Marty Wilson and Chair Alison Hart demanding an immediate public retraction!

The email by the Yes folks was sent to Democratic voters, with the subject line: “From One Obama Voter to … Continue Reading

Pinwheel Girl from Yes on 10 Ads says: “Vote No on Prop 10″

The Yes on 10 campaign has nothing but money. And that’s a big problem.

Despite spending $22 million to buy an election, they can’t even rely on the support of the people who appear in their ads! The child actor who appears with a pinwheel in front of wind turbines in Prop 10 TV and print ads is asking voters to reject Prop 10.

So there is no misunderstanding, Emma (her parents asked us not to disclose her last name) filmed some stock footage for a video library company three years ago. The Yes on Prop 10 campaign paid the video company … Continue Reading

T. Boone Pickens Dumps Nearly $19 Million into Yes on 10 Campaign

Reports filed last week with the California Secretary of State’s office offer further proof that Proposition 10 is nothing more than a shrewd business investment by Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens. According to state records, Clean Energy Fuels Corporation has now pumped nearly $19 million into the Prop 10 campaign coffers.

T. Boone Pickens owns Clean Energy Fuels Corporation (formerly Pickens Fuel). Clean Energy Fuels Corp. wrote Proposition 10. It dominates the natural gas vehicle fueling station business.

“Clean Energy Fuels is a small company that loses money every year. How can it afford to lavish $19 million on a ballot … Continue Reading

Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols Urges Voters to Oppose Prop 10

Sacramento, CA: Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board Chair, issued a letter today opposing Proposition 10, warning that it could increase global warming emissions. Her letter states:

“While Proposition 10 appears to be a measure to improve our air and protect the global environment, its public subsidies are heavily skewed toward building markets for an energy source that could increase global warming emissions.

Under Proposition 10, natural gas cars and trucks would be exempt from air pollution and greenhouse gas reduction requirements, placing them first in line for billions of dollars in taxpayer-financed rebates. Because U.S. natural gas reserves are declining … Continue Reading

San Jose Mercury News Writes SECOND Editorial Opposing Prop 10

I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen this before, but the San Jose Mercury News, one of the largest and most respected newspapers in the state, felt the need and obligations to write a SECOND editorial urging voters to reject T. Boone Pickens Pickpocket Iniative Prop 10.

The editorial reads in part: “T. Boone Pickens is a shrewd investor; you don’t become a billionaire if you’re not. And right now, Pickens is betting on the gullibility of California voters. Last week, Pickens contributed an additional $3 million to Proposition 10, the clean-energy initiative that would make the oilman turned green energy … Continue Reading

California State Treasurer and Controller Issue Prop 10 Warning

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer and State Controller John Chiang issued a joint statement today warning that Proposition 10 will harm California’s financial situation:

“In our judgment as California’s chief financial officers, Proposition 10 is harmful to California’s financial health. Every major conservation group agrees that Proposition 10 is misguided environmental policy. But Proposition 10 is worse than that. Proposition 10 is an unwise effort to put our state government five billion dollars further in debt.

California is facing record deficits and soaring public bond debt. It is always bad policy to use long-term bonds to fund generous short term private benefits going … Continue Reading

Don’t Be Fooled by Bogus Renewable Energy Measures, Say California Conservation Groups

More great news! A coalition of California’s leading conservation groups urged voters at press events in both northern and southern California today to cast “no” votes against Propositions 7 and 10 on this November’s ballot. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and The Sierra Club, which for decades have led the fight to bring clean energy to California, warned both measures were fatally flawed and, if passed, would harm the state’s efforts to create a clean energy economy.

“The attempt by California’s Prop10 to legislate into existence a market for … Continue Reading