Student Leader Challenges Charles Koch of Koch Industries to Debate Prop 23

Cal State Los Angeles Senior Joel Francis issued a debate challenge to billionaire CEO Charles Koch of Koch Industries today.  Joel emphasized that if Koch Industries wants to spend millions of dollars in our state, the CEO ought to have the courage to debate Prop 23 in person. Mr. Koch has donated at least $1 million to the Proposition that would suspend California’s clean energy and climate change laws.
Joel asked for a public debate, anytime, anywhere in the state before election day, to discuss California’s economic future and Prop 23. He is part of Power Vote CA, a project of the California Student Sustainability Coalition (www.powervote.ca).  Hundreds of students are working across the state to stop Prop 23 and mobilize our generation to vote on November 2.  Young leaders are standing up to out-of-state special interests trying to ruin our clean energy future by voting No on Prop 23.
You can pledge to vote at www.powervote.ca from your smart phone or computer.

A press release announcing the debate challenge here.

5 Responses to “Student Leader Challenges Charles Koch of Koch Industries to Debate Prop 23”


  1. 1 Earl Richards Oct 21st, 2010 at 9:47 am

    The California Jobs Initiative (CJI) is an oil corporation farce and fraud. There is no connection, whatsoever, between greenhouse gas emission reduction and the loss of jobs. This notion is an insult to the intelligence of the people of California. In fact, there is job growth in the clean, renewable energy industry. Chevron employs 65,000 worldwide and CJI is not going to change this. The only jobs created by the oil industry are clean-up jobs after oil spills and deep water, blow-outs and pump-handler jobs. CJI will make fantastic profits for the oil industry, increase air pollution, especially in communities around their refineries and there will not be lower gas prices. Koch Industries, Tesoro and Valero are super Enrons. Since when did the oil companies start to show any concern for the unemployed and their families and for small businesses? Occidental, Chevron, BP, Exxon Mobil and Shell are silent partners in CJI.

  2. 2 Morgan Oct 21st, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    If you tweet this story, be sure to include @koch_industries on the tweet, to keep pinging them. Might also be worth mentioning something about the deadline that was set for next Tuesday.

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