UC Berkeley study illustrates detrimental impacts of AB 32 on jobs

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, June 26, 2009 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

A recent report by UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education analyzed the impacts of AB 32 on employment in California.  Upon review of the two macro-economic forecasts commissioned by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the report found that there will be small job growth and loss by sector. 

Most importantly, however, is the finding that "inconsistencies in the models used [by CARB] lend doubt to the credibility of the results."  Furthermore, the report found that industries subject to the new regulations and/or a cap-and-trade program account for about 3 million California jobs, have higher than average wages and union density, and are disproportionately filled by men and by Latinos.  The report found that the purported growth of "green jobs" as a result of AB 32 will account for less than 1 percent of jobs in California.

In addition to these important findings, the report also provides recommendations to CARB to take action to protect workers and improve job quality. 

To review the report, please see http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/greenjobs/AB32_policy_brief09.pdf.
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