Tell Oil Billionaire to Accept Student's Debate Challenge
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Tell Oil Billionaire to Accept Student's Debate Challenge

    1. Jess Leber
    2. Petition by

      Jess Leber

      Washington, DC

In the fiery battle over Prop 23—Big Oil’s pet project to suspend California's landmark clean energy and climate legislation—a David and Goliath battle is brewing.

Joel Francis, a student from Cal State L.A., has issued a challenge to Charles Koch, the evil gazillionaire of Koch Industries, Inc., who has thrown millions into the Prop 23 effort and has a long history of funding the climate denial machine. Francis’s very simple request: Let’s debate the issue.

Should Koch ignore the dare, as it is widely expected he will do, Francis has vowed to march down to Koch’s tycoon headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, to deliver his debate letter in person this coming Tuesday.

One hopes this simple but powerful gesture will create some waves. Because there are few better causes than defeating Prop 23, a blatant manipulation by dirty energy companies to turn back the tide on AB 32, a.k.a. The Global Warming Solutions Act, a critical measure requiring polluters to curb their dirty emissions.

Most wretchedly, polluters backing Prop 23 have marketed it as the “California Jobs Initiative” to appeal to citizens during the economic downturn. Yet in reality, the legislation would kill untold jobs in the rapidly-growing green industry—as Francis calls it, “the most promising employment sector for young Californians.”

Without money or clout, Francis is leveraging the one tool available to everyone battling the measure—a voice. Join Francis in telling Charles Koch to put his mouth where his money is and accept the Prop 23 debate challenge.

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    1. Oil Billionaire Stonewalls Student Debate Challenge, Sends Security Staff

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      We covered last week the story of Joel Francis—the Cal State LA college student who challenged oil billionaire Charles Koch to debate Proposition 23, the Election Day ballot measure to overturn California's clean energy and climate law. Joel vowed...

    2. College Student Takes On Big Oil Billionaire in Prop 23 Fight

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      In the fiery battle over Prop 23—Big Oil’s pet project to suspend California's landmark clean energy and climate legislation—a David and Goliath battle is brewing.
      Joel Francis, a humble student from Cal State L.A., has issued a challenge to...

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