California Democrats have launched a campaign to dislodge an incumbent state lawmaker who refused to support Gov. Jerry Brown’s push to cut oil use in half by 2030.
Cheryl Brown, a democratic state lawmaker from San Bernardino, fought Brown’s global warming plan to sharply increase taxes on gasoline. California’s EPA claimed that the tax increase would reduce gasoline use and help fight global warming. Brown argued that the governor’s agenda would cause harm to low income families by increasing energy costs. She ultimately succeeded in watering down the legislation.
“That’s fine if you live in San Francisco and can afford a Tesla,” John Husing, an assemblywoman Brown supporter and economist, told The Los Angeles Times. “It’s not fine if you’re a poor family living in downtown San Bernardino.”
Brown’s events have been disrupted by protesters wearing polar bear costumes who held up signs reading “People over Profits” and calling her a “corporate hack.” She has even been attacked for her links to the oil industry by an online campaign.
The assemblywoman is now facing a brutal reelection slug-fest from a progressive challenger, attorney Eloise Reyes. Reyes has been endorsed by key members of California’s Democratic establishment. Labor unions that previously endorsed Brown have seemingly switched their allegiance and renounced the lawmaker’s policy stances.
Reyes has capitalized on this by making global warming and environmentalism a centerpiece of her campaign, even though polls show that voters in the district don’t care much about those issues.
“There is a difference between Cheryl Brown and myself, and the future I see for my district,” Reyes told The Los Angeles Times. “I want a safer environment, I want a cleaner environment, I want protections for our workers.”
The California Democratic establishment takes global warming extremely seriously. Last July, Gov. Jerry Brown has even claimed that global warming could cause humanity to go extinct.
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