A ballot initiative in California proposes to stop the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act (which proposes to reduce greenhouse gas levels to 1990 levels by 2020) from taking affect until unemployment falls significantly (to a point which has only been acheived 3 times in 4o years), likely killing the legislation.  As this article makes clear, this ballot proposition is a dangerous mix of referendum politics, special interests, enormous contributions by oil companies, and exemplefies how environmentalism can take a back seat in very tough economic times.

UPDATE: Dan Farber at Legal Planet has an update on the national attention to Prop 23.