Robert Redford has taped a robocall that went out this week urging a vote against Prop 23, the effort to rollback California’s landmark climate and energy law.
The proposition is backed by a coalition of oil companies, but despite the deep pockets, the No on 23 campaign has so far raised more money. That surely could change in the coming weeks as money is poured into ads.
But the No on 23 campaign does have the benefit of high-profile support from California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, as he regards the 2006 law, AB 32, as one of his signature achievements. Both of his potential successors, Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman, say they will vote against it, even though Whitman has suggested that it be suspended for a year until the economy improves.
In the spot, per Patrick McDonald of the LA Weekly, Redford says, “Texas oil companies paid to put Prop. 23 on your ballot, and if they are successful, it will repeal California’s historic clean air and energy laws. Prop. 23 will result in more air pollution and will kill hundreds of thousands of clean energy jobs in California.”
The spot was paid for by the California Democratic Party.