Vote no on Proposition 23 |

Vote no on Proposition 23

A Sept. 17 Other Voices editorial supported Proposition 23, which would delay implementation of AB32, California’s “Global Warming Solutions Act.” The piece contradicted those who argue that AB32 will reduce local air pollution, including ozone levels.

Here’s a fact: We can’t take any more ozone here. The past several years, Nevada County has been among the dozen worst ozone-polluted counties in the nation. One of six of our children is asthmatic, an incidence higher than the state’s.

The editorial stated, “Ozone formation in the atmosphere has absolutely no connection to carbon dioxide gas,” and claimed AB32 would regulate only carbon dioxide emissions.

Not so. AB32 (see its section 38505g) includes oxides of nitrogen along with carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases it aims to reduce. Motor vehicles emit both carbon dioxide and oxides of nitrogen. Heat and sunlight convert the latter to ozone. So yes, implementation of AB32 will diminish ozone and improve health in Nevada County.

The out-of-state big oil corporations financing Proposition 23 claim AB32 will downsize California jobs. That’s doubtful, but I understand their strategy. If I were them, I’d sure rather ignite voters‚ financial fears than discuss my product’s relationship to childhood asthma.

Jeff Kane MD

Nevada City

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