(SACRAMENTO) -- California voters proved they want clean-energy jobs Tuesday with the defeat of Prop 23, the industry-backed measure that would have suspended implementation of California's global warming law.
The Environmental Defense Fund joined businesses and environmental activists in celebrating the victory.
Prop 23 supporters claimed the growth of clean-energy industries would cost American jobs, but California voters rejected that claim and embraced the potential for clean-energy markets to boost economic growth. It's expected that by the end of the next decade, the clean-energy market will be the world's third-largest industrial sector. With China investing millions of dollars daily in its energy endeavors, the country is now considered the world's "clean-energy powerhouse."
California's global warming law is the most forward-thinking energy law in America.
"If America follows California's lead, it can be one of the biggest winners in this growing, multi-billion-dollar economy," said EDF California Climate Initiative director Derek Walker.
Walker added that the global warming law is an opportunity that must be seized for the good of the nation's economic and environmental future.
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