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Likely Effects of California Proposition 7

Analysis of "The Solar and Clean Energy Act of 2008"

California's 2008 Proposition 7 taps into a deep vein of public awareness and concern about the growing crises of global warming, climate change, and pollution, and the urgent need to replace fossil fuels with renewables as the basis for the energy economy. Unfortunately, this measure promises to disrupt the transformation of California's energy economy by sidelining innovation and growth in decentralized renewable energy technologies. Proposition 7 is, essentially, a mandate to build industrial-scale solar power factories in remote lands, and a bonanza for a handful of contractors positioned to receive the lucrative contracts. It ignores simple reforms that would greatly accelerate the greening of urban areas with distributed micro-power generation, and creates new barriers to that transformation.

Essays

The following articles provide an in-depth look the Proposition's stated goals and its plan for meeting those goals. It examines the likelyhood that the plan will work, and its possible pitfalls, focusing on its likely effects on the emerging renewable energy economy.

Alameda Green Party

The Alameda County Green Party, like scores of other organizations that have examined the Proposition, have concluded that Proposition 7 is not the way to move California into the renewable energy future:



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