By Michael Shaw, VP, Government Relations
In less than 24 hours, the prospect of a climate change deal went from 50-50 to slim-to-none.
Public statements don't always tell the story, but in the last two days Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon indicated that he did not see the need to rush a deal this year, Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Léon said no deal is better than a bad deal and Governor Brown opened a campaign committee to raise money for a 2018 initiative. One thing is clear, the issue is not going away.
Time still remains for legislators and the Governor to reach a deal on this major policy, but the sense of urgency has waned considerably with the 12-year term limits class of legislators taking a greater role in controlling the agenda and the realization that, unlike their predecessors, this new class will be around when the policies take effect.
CMTA and a coalition of business organizations have been meeting with legislators to encourage them to ask questions about the amount of power SB 32 and AB 197 give to ARB and whether or not cap-and-trade is a part of the future climate change program.
Several articles have been written this week regarding the potential deal and its (temporary) collapse, but it is important to keep in mind that controversial policy issues almost always die and are raised from the dead in the last days of session. With four weeks in the legislative session to go one thing is clear, this is no time to let off the gas in opposing these bills. CMTA will keep up the pressure up to help protect and grow manufacturing in California.
CalMatters wrote an article describing the actions of the past week: "Climate retreat? Legislature could ditch plan to radically cut emissions." (CMTA President Dorothy Rothrock quoted)
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