Credit: California High Speed Rail AuthorityUnless you’re one of the undecided voters, still dithering over your pick for the presidency, it’s time to think about some of the other stuff on the ballot: the measures and propositions related to science and the environment. This blog is a round-up of QUEST and KQED’s coverage of environmental election issues.
Starting with California’s state-wide propositions, we have Proposition 1A: Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act. The proposed train would zip from San Francisco to LA in a mere two and a half hours, if voters approve a $10 billion bond. QUEST did a TV story on the science and politics of the high-speed rail last year, and updated it in a web-only video for this year’s election. Check out High-Speed Rail on the Ballot. And listen to QUEST’s radio story, Fast Trains.
Next, Proposition 2: Standards For Confining Farm Animals. If passed, this proposition would require bigger crates for certain farm animals. It is mostly about animal cruelty, but has implications for human health – and California’s egg industry. Listen to The California Report’s coverage of the pros and cons of Proposition 2.
Proposition 7: Renewable Energy Generation, would require utilities to get 50% of their power from renewable sources. It sounds straightforward, but actually this one is controversial. Things are explained in this QUEST radio story, Big Solar on the Ballot.
Then we have Proposition 10: Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy, which combines funding for solar and wind energy research with consumer incentives to encourage the use of clean fuels. There is controversy, because the proposition gives extra bonus points to some alternative fuels, but not others. Check out the coverage by the California Report.
There are three measures across the Bay Area concerning open space: Measure WW in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, Measure P in Napa county and Measure T in Solano county. Listen to a discussion of these measures with the executive director of The Greenbelt Alliance, in this KQED Radio News story.
And in San Francisco, Proposition H lets voters decide whether the electric utilities should be publicly owned. This would give the city flexibility in terms of obtaining power from renewable energy sources, but it’s hard to say how it would affect the price of electricity. Reporter Cy Musiker and Craig Miller, senior editor for KQED’s Climate Watch series, debate Prop H in this segment from KQED Radio News.
Figure out your opinions on these science and environment issues – and check KQED’s Election 2008 page, for additional election coverage. Then voice your opinions, with your vote, and your comments to this blog!