there's a fork in this controversial pipeline system that has largely flown under the radar: TransCanada's Houston Lateral Pipeline, which serves as a literal fork in the road of the southern half of Keystone XL's route to Gulf Coast refineries.
Just after Labor Day, the race was tied, and with only ten days to go, the lead was barely in double digits. The ultimate 22-point defeat of Prop. 23 arose because of tremendous work by a broad coalition.
Corporate polluters have successfully blocked climate legislation in the Senate, making it more important than ever to beat back the deceptive effort by Texas oil companies to kill California's clean energy initiative.
The oil dinosaurs want to win so badly in my home state because the nation often follows where California goes. Winning, however, depends on what happens when voters look at that deceptive label, "California Jobs Initiative," on their ballot.
Polls now show that opponents of California's anti-environment ballot initiative outnumber supporters by eleven points. But there are still many undecided voters and the barrage of polluter-funded deceptive ads is just starting.
Why are the Republicans going after clean energy so strongly, since polls consistently show tremendous public support for exactly that? Perhaps it's because, as the saying goes, "he who pays the piper calls the tune."
AB 32, California's landmark climate legislation, will hold polluters accountable and require them to reduce air pollution. But an opposition force bought and paid for by Texas Big Oil is attempting to stop all this.