Global warming is the greatest crisis humanity has ever faced. Severe flooding, drought, famine, war, rising sea levels, acidification of the oceans, and even extinction is what we can expect if we don’t do something to stop global warming. Most of the people in this world get it. They understand the real consequences of global warming. Our problem lies in our government and the people we elect to represent our interests. How can we fight global warming when a majority of our elected representatives don’t even believe in climate change. Their primary mission is to protect the profits of the fossil fuel industry, not for the future of our planet. Today energy companies are actively working with governmental agencies by making it more expensive to own solar. They create laws and regulations which are designed to slow down or even prevent people from installing solar on their homes and businesses. We must end this mindset of profit before people.
This is why the Democracy Project was created. When our leaders and institutions are unwilling or unable to deal with problems confronting us as a society, we need to take it upon ourselves to institute the changes which are necessary to create a just and sustainable future. We believe using the State initiative process is the easiest and most effective way in which to accomplish our goals. We propose to create a series of initiatives governing how our state deals with energy providers and our energy infrastructure.
Our first initiative will deal with making solar affordable for every home and business who wants it. Our goal is to make the cost of installing a solar system no more expensive for you than what you are currently paying for energy.
1. We would create a large bond measure to finance a “solar bank” which would oversee the financing and installation of affordable solar systems for both businesses and homeowners.
2. Funding of this bond measure would be through a newly created state “solar bank” which would eliminate millions of dollars in interest payments to private multinational banks Over the long term the entire bond debt would get paid off, costing taxpayers nothing.
3. Solar panels would have to be made in America and would need to meet certain efficiency standards. As an added benefit, this would create thousands of new jobs here in America.
4. We would set rules governing “net metering” and energy rates into the initiative. We would prevent the P.U.C. (Public Utility Commission) and energy companies from changing any of the provisions of the initiative.
This is a brief overview of the initiative we are working on. Once we have the final text we will post the measure for review and comment before setting out to gather the necessary signatures. Long term, once we pass this initiative in California we will use it as a boilerplate which can be modified for use on other state ballots. Donations and volunteers are needed! If you are interested please sign up below.