Greenhouse gas bill introduced

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 19, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On August 15, Assemblymember Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) amended her Global Climate Change Registry bill, AB 32, to institute a cap on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the electrical power, industrial and commercial sectors of the California economy.  The bill would set standards for the schedule of GHG emission reductions and prohibits the use of emission reductions achieved outside the scope of the greenhouse gas emissions cap.  Not only does this bill establish a program to track and report GHG emissions, but it also requires the development of an enforcement mechanism.  An interesting addition to the bill is the statement that: "the reduction schedule shall not create large windfall profits for private businesses."

AB 32 has already passed the Assembly and is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.  It is rumored, however, that Assemblymember Pavley does not intend to try to pass the bill this year.  The bill’s amendments are thought to be untimely and may potentially undermine the stakeholder workshops scheduled by the Governor’s Global Climate Action Team throughout the remainder of the year.  These meetings were intended to determine the best course of action in implementing the Governor’s June executive order on the subject.  

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