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Poll: Economy Won’t Stop CA Voters From Protecting Environment

April 15, 2009

Even during economic bad times, California voters aren’t willing to sacrifice the environment. That’s according to a statewide survey that found two-thirds of voters think a strong economy and a clean environment can go hand-in-hand. Nearly half of those polled also think the state’s environmental laws are already tough enough, but should be better enforced.

Katy Rexford, senior program manager for the California League of Conservation Voters, says 63 percent feel environmental laws should be kept separate from plans to address the state’s money problems.

"California voters live in California because we maintain such a high standard of living and enjoy our wonderful environmental resources and we know that strengthening those resources is going to strengthen the economy as well.

California voters need to keep pressure on Governor Schwarzenegger and the state Legislature, adds Rexford.

"We have a lot of really important bills moving through the Legislature this session on renewable portfolio standards that would greatly increase the state’s commitment to renewable energy. We also have a host of bills that are going to be promoting green collar jobs."

The poll found California voters reject a variety of specific proposals to weaken environmental laws, especially those that allow increased pollution from diesel engines and pesticides. A bipartisan opinion research team conducted the statewide survey of 800 California voters who are likely to cast ballots in the November 2010 general election.

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Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA