CalEPA on global warming

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Dec. 8, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) today, December 8, issued a 130-page draft report on global climate change for public review.  Their suggestions for regulatory changes include:
  • Mandatory Climate Change Emissions Reporting that builds upon California’s Climate Action Registry and allows the state to track progress towards meeting the Governor’s targets. Collecting emissions data, starting with data from the largest sources of emissions, they believe, will allow the Governor’s targets to be translated into a statewide emission cap for the 2010 and 2020 timeframes (and lay the foundation for a cap and trade program).
  • A Public Goods Charge for Transportation that funds key strategies to reduce climate change emissions and to reduce dependence on petroleum. The report states that overdependence on petroleum fosters undesirable geopolitical, economic, energy, and environmental consequences.  If the new tax is implemented on par with the existing public goods charges on electricity production, it would be about 2.6 cents per gallon of gasoline or diesel fuel.  The surcharge on petroleum products "would provide funding for key strategies that will reduce climate change emissions and reduce the dependence on petroleum," the report said.
  • A Coordinated Investment Strategy for the State Funding Programs – such as the State Pension System, Public Interest Energy Research fund, and other state investment programs.  The aim is to achieve benefits by transitioning to a low carbon footprint. The investment strategy would provide incentives for industry to develop emission reduction technologies for use in California and abroad and encourage California’s lead in technology development. CalEPA believes this will leverage the talent at California’s universities to develop new technologies for reducing emissions and train the next generation of technicians that will be necessary to operate and service these technologies.
  • Provision for Early Action Credit to California businesses that support the transition to federal and international emission reduction schemes, including a cap and trade program. Such a provision would ensure that companies proactive in advance of such schemes are not penalized.
Click here to download the full draft report (130 page pdf).

The CMTA Environmental Quality Committee will review the recommendations made in the CalEPA report and provide them with our comments.  If you’re interested in this and other environmental issues and wish to join the committee, please contact Mike Rogge.
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