Proposition 7 on next month's ballot is called The Solar and Clean Energy Act, the right title in environmentally conscious California. But a blue-ribbon list of environmental groups is against it. They agree with the goal of more renewable energy sooner, but call the measure a case of good intentions gone wrong. Also, psychological depression over the prospect of economic depression.
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Fred Silva, Budget Project Leader with California Forward, Former Chief Fiscal Advisor for the Office of the Senate President pro Tem
Kita Curry, President and CEO of Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center in Los Angeles
Proposition 7 is called The Solar and Clean Energy Act of 2008. We're already seeing a blitz of TV commercials on a measure that has divided environmentalists in California. Current law requires private utilities to get 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2010. Prop 7 would speed that up by mandating 50% by 2025. Opponents agree on the goal: phase out coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear power sooner; replace them with energy from the wind, the sun, biomass and the tide.