800,000 Californians sign to put CA's economy first and signal 'welcome mat' for manufacturersPosted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on May 3, 2010
The campaign to suspend AB 32's global warming regulations until California's economy and unemployment recovers submitted double the signatures needed today to qualify the "California Jobs Initiative" for the November ballot.
The initiative got more than 800,000 signatures, far above the 433,971 needed. The state's citizens understand that implementing AB 32 at the right time in the right way is not an anti-environment position. It's a path to improve our economy first through job growth -- with high wage and 'green' manufacturing jobs at the center of that recovery -- and a way to see if the rest of the country will follow with their own global warming mandates. Today's announcement makes clear that the California voters don't want to go it alone on costly greenhouse gas reductions.
California is losing key manufacturing jobs already -- down 34% since 2001 -- and the state would continue it's precipitous decline if AB 32 is implemented now in a manner that is not cost-effective, technologically feasible or competitive with the rest of the country. One only needs to compare the new and expanded manufacturing facilities in the state in 2000 and in 2009 to understand that industrial investments are already way down. In 2000, California had one of every 16 new or expanded manufacturing facilities in the country. In 2009, the state had one of every 40. That's a 60 percent decline in California's portion of the country's manufacturing growth. We must turn this around in 2010.
A growing manufacturing sector is the economic piece California needs most. AB 32 's implementation should happen when our economy is flourishing and the rest of the country is on board.
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