Boxer's argument is three-pronged. First, she says that Prop 87 would reduce harmful pollutants (like carbon dioxide) in the state's air by reducing gasoline use. Second, she states that 87 would reduce California's dependence on foreign oil by increasing investment in renewable energy research and implementation of wind, hydrogen, solar and biofuels energy sources. Third, she says that the state will see economic benefits. She points to a study done by the Tellus Institute in Boston finding that Proposition 87 would generate over 20,000 new jobs in California and raise the state domestic product by $2.4 billion annually.
The senator also stresses that if the proposition passes, oil companies will not be able to pass their additional expenses on to consumers as it would become illegal. She says that every oil-producing state in the country except for California already charges such a fee.
Which ever way you end up voting, make sure to get out to the polls on November 7th.
[Source: San Jose Mercury News]