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After Energy Money Flowed in Elections, CA Poised to Lead on Climate Again

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Monday, November 8, 2010   

While oil companies spent big and came up short trying to pass Prop 23 in the Golden State, even more money from big oil and big coal went into congressional races around the country. Now, the week after the elections, with more lawmakers with close ties to those industries preparing to head to Washington, Adi Nochur, partnerships coordinator for with 1Sky, says that doesn't mean the climate movement is dead, as the defeat of Prop 23 demonstrated.

"It shows that when people can pro-actively organize around climate and clean energy, we can make some really great traction on a state level."

During the Bush years when climate issues weren't moving in Washington, he says, the country looked to states like California for leadership, and the Golden State may fill that role again in coming years. But he adds that addressing a problem as huge as climate change will need help from the local level on up to the international level.

Nochur concedes that the outlook for comprehensive federal climate legislation in the next few years is grim, but he says other tool are available to address climate change.

"We have to make sure the Obama administration stands strong to start using the Clean Air Act to start reducing global warming pollution from coal-fired power plants and oil refineries."

He notes that the White House has already used the Clean Air Act to reduce pollution from car tailpipes and some other sources.



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