Nichols to continue oversight of AB 32 implementation

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Jan. 7, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Mary Nichols, a democrat, has been reappointed by Gov. Brown as Chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), where she has served since 2007, guiding the Board as it works to implement AB 32 under the Schwarzenegger administration. She previously served as a member of ARB starting in 1975 and was chair 1979 to 1983 when Brown was first governor.

Nichols says she “looks forward to continuing the work of ARB to clean California's air, protect the public's health, and help drive the development of clean and more efficient energy sources and technologies to power our state's economy and generate new, green jobs."

CARB adopted a cap and trade regulation under AB 32 on December 16.  CMTA and other business groups expressed concerns about the economic impact of the program when other competitor states and nations are not also participating. Energy prices will rise for California industry and small businesses making our business climate more hostile to investment and new hiring. CMTA will continue to urge Nichols and CARB staff to shape the regulation to minimize it’s harmful impacts.

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