VICTORY: California's Prop 23 Defeated!

Historic win for wildlife

Yesterday, California voters defeated Proposition 23 -- a historic win against Big Oil in the ongoing fight for a safer and cleaner energy future for America.

With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Prop 23 went to a resounding defeat by about 39 to 61 percent.

Two Texas Oil companies spent millions to pass this dirty energy proposition, which would have suspended California's landmark clean energy and clean air standards, letting polluters off the hook and drastically increasing air pollution.

A broad coalition came together to fight Big Oil in this epic battle, including leaders from the environmental, health, labor, business, clean technology and national security sectors, along with community groups, faith-based organizations and more. National Wildlife Federation's (NWF) Action Fund mobilized more than 100,000 NWF members in the state and funded voter outreach efforts.  

Here’s how NWF’s Jeremy Symons puts it:  “The clearest sign of this election that voters want action on clean energy was the resounding defeat in California of Prop 23, which would have pulled the plug on the state’s best-in-nation plan to reduce global warming pollution.”

By defeating Prop 23, California has set the precedent for the rest of the country and has sent a strong signal to elected officials that Americans are serious about defeating Big Oil and moving toward a clean energy future.

Thanks to your support, this victory means cleaner water, cleaner air, and healthier habitats for years to come.