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There is a battle going on in California that has a direct impact on the future of our planet. I’m speaking, of course, about Proposition 23. Proposition 23 is a ballot initiative that would effectively repeal many of California’s revolutionary clean energy policies. There are many special interests taking advantage of the opportunities Proposition 23 presents to them.

Oil interests are especially invested in whether Proposition 23 succeeds. Heading up the movement to support Proposition 23 is Koch Industries. Koch Industries is the group that, along with Rupert Murdoch, Karl Rove, and others, essentially funds the Tea Party movement. Businessman David Koch has thus gained immense power.

ClimateProgress published an article today about Koch’s attempts to use this power to support Proposition 23. In the article, ClimateProgress quotes environmental activist Van Jones on the subject of Koch Industries and Proposition 23:

Koch Industries has promoted awful environmental policies. They’ve been literally poisoning rivers, poisoning streams, and making money off of that. They’ve promoted now this awful economic idea that if you grow new industries in California you somehow hurt the economy. That’s nuts. And now they’re promoting bad politics by backing I think extreme movements in the United States. Here you have a bad actor, three strikes and you’re out. They’re bad on the environment in terms of their practices, they’re bad in terms of their economic philosophy they’re trying to shove down the throats of California, and they’re bad in their politics in terms of their supporting extreme political ideas in America. I think if you start connecting those dots, California voters are very sophisticated, and I don’t think any of them think the people who run Koch Industries wake up in the morning thinking how can Californians have better jobs? […]

Koch Industries is a very dangerous group (more…)

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Finally, BP has realized Tony Hayward is not viable as the oil giant’s CEO. Various news outlets are now reporting that Hayward will be asked to resign effective this fall.

Hayward is not simply, as CNN called him, a “gaffe machine.” He has actually been a disastrous CEO. He ignored safety concerns raised by BP employees and other regulators. He skimped on basic safety precautions all because of the potential for more profit. Yet looking just at the numbers that drove Hayward shows not everything has gone all that well. BP’s stock price has dropped dramatically since Hayward took office. Just a few weeks ago, BP stock was trading at under $30 a share. That’s down from just under $70 when Hayward became CEO in May of 2007. In a world where a woman can be fired simply because of an edited video clip and an irrational fear of right-wing lunacy, it is a wonder Tony Hayward is still around.

This story contrasts with the controversy du jour involving Shirley Sherrod. It is incredible that Tony Hayward has hung around so long after committing so many devastating mistakes. How can someone who has so clearly been a terrible executive be kept around for so long? Sherrod was fired within hours of the start of that manufactured controversy. There has been far more evidence of Hayward’s mistakes (and purposeful ignorance) for months.

Spiderman is told, “With great power comes great responsibility.” If anyone was getting concerned that this seemingly common-sense statement might not be realized by BP’s board, you can now take some solace. There is still much to do but it is nice to know that sometimes, eventually, the people actually at fault are punished for the problems of the world.

Whether new leadership takes a new direction with BP will depend on pressure from the government. What the government does is up to us. We must continue to pressure BP to do what is right by holding our lawmakers accountable. BP will be lobbying hard in Congress. We must do the same.

Make your voice heard!

Boycott BP here: beyondBP.org

Fight back against corporate power: dontgetrolled.org

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