Bishop Marc Andrus urges "No" on Proposition 23

Posted on October 20, 2010
In 2006 the California Assembly passed landmark legislation (AB 32) to curb greenhouse emissions—a model which has been followed by 16 other states around the country.  AB 32 protects public health by reducing air pollution, works to stem the tide of climate change by lowering carbon emissions, and has stimulated a new "green economy" for California.  Despite the facts, AB 32 is under attack.  Proposition 23 is a disingenuous attempt by out of state oil interests to suspend AB 32.

As Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California I have vowed to show compassion to the poor and to defend those who have no advocate. As Episcopalians we have covenanted through our Baptism to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being. By suspending AB 32, Proposition 23 would perpetuate patterns of environmental injustice in our state, by disproportionately affecting low-income people and communities of color.

On the November 2, 2010, state-wide ballot, I urge you to vote "NO" on Proposition 23.  By saying "NO" to Proposition 23 and embracing our clean energy future we will continue to create green jobs and build an ecologically just Beloved Community.

Grace and Peace on the Journey,
The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop