1. Bob Kanter, Port of Long Beach, on AB 32, climate change


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    • Proposition 23 and Transportation


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      Jasmin Ansar, an economist with the Union of Concerned Scientists discusses the importance of voting NO on California State's Proposition 23 in this upcoming election, November 2, 2010. She outlines the economic factors that support this position and the importance of maintaining the goals set out by Assembly Bill 32, California's landmark climate bill, to the development of innovation solutions for the transportation sector. Places to Follow Us: Website: www.mindthegapmovie.com Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1DCFERY Twitter: @mindthegapmovie Instagram: http://instagram.com/mindthegapmovie/ Video Production: www.globalperformancemedia.com

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      • The Man Behind the Plan: Prop 23 Author Dan Logue


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        California is known as a leader among states, and a trendsetter for the nation in terms of environmental policy. But Republican assemblyman Dan Logue says the state's tough emissions and clean energy law, AB32, is actually setting a trend of unemployment, and he's trying to reverse that trend. His measure seeking to suspend the law until unemployment drops below 5.5 percent was the first piece of legislation he wrote upon taking office two years ago. He says he doubted it would pass in its first year. But in late 2009, global warming skeptics claimed that stolen e-mails from the University of East Anglia showed climate scientists might have been conspiring to hide data that disproved the idea of global warming. Logue calls it "Climategate" and says it inspired him to make his idea a ballot initiative, and thus, Proposition 23 was born. And while Logue says he lacks the credentials to credibly question the concept of climate change, himself, he knows that many scientists do not believe in it. He also knows that unemployment is high, and that business are leaving his state, the only one with such a law. In response to those who say AB32 is already creating jobs in California, Logue says those jobs are subsidized by the state and take resources away from other jobs, forcing businesses to leave California. He says if the state's economy is healthy overall, then it will attract green jobs on its own. Logue says the Texas-based energy companies that are paying large amounts of advertising money in support of Prop 23 create more than 700,000 jobs in California, along with energy that is much less expensive than the renewable energy AB 32 mandates. He says Californians pay energy bills that are already higher than those in much of the nation, and if the state shifts to what he calls a "green economy," they will be even higher and more business will flee the state. Logue believes that subsidizing jobs only drives up the unemployment rate because it results in many products being made overseas. He also believes that keeping AB32 in place will actually make carbon emissions worse. He says companies will manufacture their goods overseas, using electricity from coal-fired plants that emit more carbon than plants in the U.S.

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        • NRDC's Nutthoff: Defending Califronia's tough climate law


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          Annie Notthoff of the Natural Resources Defense Council in California says out-of-state interests are working to defeat AB32, the state's tough emissions and energy law. She says the law has not only spurred action to help the economy and fight climate change in California, but in other states as well. Since the law was passed, she says, nearly a dozen other states have taken similar action to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. But she says big oil companies, who lobbied hard against the law in 2006, are back to fight it again -- this time, by funding the campaign for Proposition 23, a ballot initiative that seeks to suspend it until the state's economy improves. She says more than 90 percent of the money for the campaign is coming from out of state, most from two Texas-based oil refiners. Notthoff says California's clean energy economy is helping the state while the rest of the economy struggles to get on its feet. She adds that the state has set an example for the rest of the nation by passing a law that she says helps spur clean tech investment and protects the environment, and the state would be setting a bad example for the nation by approving Prop 23. She says the NRDC is working to defeat Prop 23, but if it is approved, the organization is also working to support federal laws that would cut carbon emissions. She believes such laws will eventually pass. But Notthoff says Proposition 23 supporters are misleading the public with claims that the measure would only suspend part of the current state law. She believes the initiative is an effort to repeal it entirely. She says the state has a lot of programs already in place that the state's climate law builds on, and that Proposition 23 would jeopardize all those programs. She says the worst thing for business is to create uncertainty, and turning rules on and off would do just that.

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          • Hochschild Talks Prop 23's Impact on Solar Power


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            David Hochschild, vice president of external relations for Solaria Corp., of Oakland, Calif., discusses the operations of a pilot manufacturing facility with Tyler Suiters. His company has developed a solar panel that uses 50 percent less silicon than a standard solar panel. While silicon is reliable, durable and high performing, it drives up the cost of panels, so Solaria's products can keep down the costs of solar technology. Solaria's technology uses a lens that doubles the amount of light that hits the solar cell. He describes the manufacturing process and how his company plans to expand and ramp up its operations in California. He says the solar industry is concerned about Proposition 23, a ballot initiative that aims to roll back California's tough energy and emissions law. Companies like his have raised a lot of venture capital from investors who believe the state law will let the companies thrive -- $9 billion since 2005 and $2 billion in the last year alone. He believes if the law is suspended, that capital, and the jobs it finances, will disappear. He says investors need to see that there will be a market for solar energy before they sink more money into it. However, he says if the law stays in place and other states follow suit, it could set the stage for the United States to become the largest solar market in the world. He says in innovation in this country is better than that of its major competitors, China and India. He says if Proposition 23 passes, it will slow his company's growth and that of others like it. He believes that would allow other countries like China, whose government is making heavy investments in its own solar industry, to surpass the U.S. He says many critics of solar power believe the industry needs time to bring costs down, but what it really takes is policy that allows companies to make innovations that will ultimately lower costs.

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            • Asphalt: A Money Maker in a Carbon-constrained Economy


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              Jeff Morris, CEO of asphalt manufacturer ALON, says his company designed its business strategy to take advantage of California's tough climate and renewable energy law. Morris says the refinery his company purchased in Paramount is already one of the lowest-emitting facilities in the state, and his business is designed to be profitable in an environment where carbon is expensive. The company initially set out to build a new plant near Long Beach, but the cost of equipment became too high. The business is designed to succeed with California's climate and energy law in place, but it can work if voters decide to suspend the law as well. Morris has met with state officials and is committed to supporting the state law. His company is the largest producer of asphalt in the Western U.S. and the largest in the country for asphalt made from old tires.

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              • CA Climate Policies Helps Farm


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                Straus Family Creamery is one of California's leaders in farming methods geared toward sustainability. With help from state grants, he has greatly reduced his operation's carbon and water footprint, saving thousands of tons of greenhouse gases per year, and tens of thousands of dollars in energy costs. Funding from California government helped make it possible. brought to you by California Climate and Agriculture Network and NewMessageMedia.com

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                • Proposition 23: Suspends AB 32 (Global Warming Law) Until State Unemployment Drops


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                  In 2006 California legislators passed (and Governor Schwarzenegger signed) AB 32, creating the California Global Warming Solutions Act. The law calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the state to the same levels they were in 1990, about a 30 percent reduction, by the year 2020. Proposition 23 would suspend implementation of AB 32 until state unemployment level drops below 5.5 percent for one full year. California’s current unemployment rate is slightly above 12 percent. For more information on this ballot measure summary, go to www.CitizenVoice.org.

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