The voters have spoken, and the message is clear: stop trying to shut down in-state oil and gas production.
By rejecting Measures A & B, voters blocked dangerous policies that would have arbitrarily eliminated local production, killed jobs, reduced tax revenues, and led to an even greater dependence on unstable foreign countries for everyday energy needs.
The results show that those who push to eliminate energy production in California are out of step with a broad, bipartisan consensus. Even in a county that overwhelmingly rejected the recall of Governor Newsom and supported President Biden by a margin of more than 20 points, it is clear that voters support continued local production of oil and gas under world-leading environmental, labor, and health standards.
Policies have consequences, and the facts are clear: any proposal to eliminate local production of badly needed oil and gas would raise costs on working families already struggling with high prices for housing, groceries, and gas.
Bottom line: by rejecting Measures A & B, voters recognize that California still needs oil and gas, and less local production means higher prices and increased reliance on foreign oil.
Sacramento should take note.