Coalition Urges Full Investigation of GHG ‘Early Actions’

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, April 27, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

How will the proposed actions to reduce carbon in transportation fuels impact supplies and prices for gasoline? What new infrastructure will be required to supply these fuels and how and when will it be complete? Are these early actions technologically feasible and cost effective as required by AB 32?
 
These were among the questions leaders of the AB 32 Implementation Group asked members of the California Air Resources Board this week in a hearing to consider the impact possible early actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would have on consumers and the state’s economy.
 
The Board is required, under AB 32 (The Global Warming Solutions Act), to adopt "discrete early actions" before July 1. Suggested early actions discussed at a workshop today included a low carbon fuel standard and a ban on auto refrigerants.
 
"The Board can mandate early actions to achieve emission reductions," said Dorothy Rothrock, CMTA vice president of government relations, "but the early actions must be supported by credible research and sound criteria to ensure cost effectiveness. Otherwise, consumers will be hit with higher prices and we will hurt jobs and the economy."
 
The AB 32 Implementation Group urged the California Air Resources Board to adopt early actions that are market-based, cost-effective, technologically feasible and based on sound science. The group also urged solutions that provide regulatory certainty and minimize compliance costs.
 
Concerning suggested early actions Dominic DiMare, vice president of government affairs for the California Chamber of Commerce, testified, "California needs to be sure as we implement climate change policies that we don’t inadvertently disrupt or limit critically needed supplies of energy.  For instance, the Energy Commission has reported the state will increasingly rely on imports of crude oil and fuels. Yet, recent events indicate that obtaining approvals for modified or expanded facilities such as marine terminals, storage tanks and pipelines necessary for handling these products will be difficult to obtain."

The Board is expected to adopt "discrete early actions" at a June hearing.
 
More information about the AB 32 Implementation Group is at www.AB32IG.com .
 

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SF Chronicle -- Air board sets goals to reduce emissions
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