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CA Voters Hand Big Victories To The Environment

June 10, 2008

Los Angeles, CA - The big winner in last week's California primary may have been - the environment. Conservation groups say, for the most part, California voters elected candidates who have what they believe are the best environmental policies. They also defeated a proposition that could have created loopholes to erase some environmental rulings. David Allgood with the California League of Conservation Voters says the primary results set the stage for historic gains in the California Legislature in November.

"The upcoming November is our best chance in at least a decade to take four or five seats out of the 'anti-environment' column and put them into the 'pro-environment' column."

In Allgood's view, California continues to lead the national environmental agenda.

"In this decade and through the 1990s, environmental voters have strongly supported park bond bills and water cleanup bills; they support pro-environmental candidates. Basically, it's a prerequisite for winning statewide office in California."

Allgood thinks environmental issues also will play a part in the race for the White House. Both presidential candidates support a cap-and-trade approach to reducing carbon emissions. Democratic Senator Barack Obama would cut emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2050; Republican Senator John McCain proposes capping emission levels incrementally, with the goal of returning to 1990 levels by 2020.

Lori Abbott/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - CA