Or so it seems. This survey regarding attempts to repeal the gas tax just came through my inbox, and could certainly use some input from voters interested in cleantech. People who want gasoline to remain cheap are stuck in the past. Or worse, they’re stuck living in places with no viable public transit. If the GOP really wanted to help farmworkers and other workers who need to drive ICE vehicles for a living, they would propose an exemption that people can apply for. But the vast majority of gasoline in this state is burned by people with office jobs in cities where there is a serious dearth of affordable housing.
Propositions like this are why some people think it makes sense to divide the great state of California. The state that feeds the nation! Country folk are sick and tired of laws designed to get city folk out of their dumb cars. Laws that make their lives even more difficult. But the people who tried to put this proposition on the ballot couldn’t give a hoot about the far bigger cost of living crisis in California — housing. As long as housing costs remain insane here, people will always have to spend more money on gasoline. Instead of petitioning to keep their buddies at Chevron rolling in dough, politicians who want to retain their constituents should be focusing on creating affordable housing and EFFECTIVE public transit. Transit like LA Metro, not that waste of money that claims it will one day be a high-speed rail line.
Ballotpedia has more information on this proposition which will be on the ballot in November. The GOP in California will continue fighting to keep Chevron as the second highest revenue-generating company in the state. After all, Chevron invested $8.4 million just last year on politicians and lobbyists in California alone. That’s right, the state which leads in clean energy adoption and clean tech innovation has a dirty little secret. Only one other California company makes more money than this single oil company. And this story was written on one of their devices.
[Edit: Chevron’s political contributions in California total $8.4 million, not $235 million as previously published.]
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