Upton Sinclair once quipped, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
The chemical industry fought fixing the ozone layer. Monsanto fought banning DDT. The tobacco industry fought labeling health risks. Now the fossil fuel industry is fighting clean air.
Fossil fuel emissions are the primary cause of climate change. The National Academy of Sciences has stated this to be the case, as have the scientific academies of all the major industrial nations. Every scientific society in the United States to weigh in on the matter has done so as well.
Yet Phillips 66, Tesoro, BP and Chevron are spending $20,000,000 fighting clean air and emission fees. Revenue from these fees will help create thousands of new jobs in clean-energy projects, forest health, cleaner transportation options, energy efficiency, and clean water projects – creating infrastructure, moving away from fossil fuels and reducing emissions.
Like planting a shade tree for our children and grandchildren, that we may never sit under, we can support the solution instead of the problem. It’s about right and wrong – not right or left. Please vote YES for Initiative 1631.