Global warming proposals are popular

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, March 7, 2008 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

In 2006 Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 32 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles), the bill to mandate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), because he believes it will be an environmental and economic benefit to the state.  The California Air Resources Board is now developing a scoping plan to implement AB 32.  But not surprisingly, some believe other initiatives are needed to help California meet the AB 32 target and reap the economic benefits:

•    Bills to support "clean tech" workforce development, create tax incentives, impose consumer product GHG labeling, increase utility renewable portfolio standards, remove the ban on nuclear power and increase building and appliance standards will be considered this year.

•    Local lead agencies under CEQA are including GHG emissions in the list of pollutants that project developers must address in their environmental impact reports.

•    The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has proposed a GHG emission fee on emitters to fund their climate change program. Other local governments could follow suit.

We urge interested companies to join CMTA’s Climate Change Advisory Committee to discuss AB 32 implementation and related policies in the coming months.  Join us in advocating for plans that ensure that the required greenhouse gas emission reductions happen while minimizing compliance costs and allowing for continued economic growth.

Contact Dorothy Rothrock at drothrock@cmta.net for more information.

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