Last year, Californians effectively paid more than $32 billion to foreign countries by importing oil. By comparison, this is the equivalent of roughly 26% of California’s General Fund Budget for 2018. California has the abundant resources, technology and a diverse workforce to change that. By keeping the jobs in California, the State would also realize the benefit of not only State and local tax revenues, but more importantly, hold to its ideals on human rights and environmental standards.
Californians want a more inclusive world. A 2016 California law bans state employees from traveling to other states that discriminate based on sexual orientation. Currently, there are eleven states on the travel ban list. However, California’s current energy policies are rewarding countries that discriminate based on gender, ethnicity, religious preference and sexual orientation. This needs to change now.