Gino DiCaro

Greenhouse gas bills that would help businesses

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, April 21, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

It is possible that Gov. Schwarzenegger will sign legislation this year on climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. He might sign AB 32 Fabian Nunez (D – Los Angeles), which codifies the GHG reduction targets from last year's executive order, caps GHG emissions and requires the California Air Resources Board to institute a mandatory GHG emission reporting and tracking system. He could sign SB 1368 by Don Perata (D – Oakland) which would prevent utilities from entering into long term contracts for out-of-state coal plants. There are other possible candidates for his signature, nearly all of which would saddle manufacturers with more expensive energy and/or costly new requirements.

For CMTA and the other members of the "Sustainable Environment and Economy for California Coalition" (SEE California), our top priority is to ensure that efforts to reduce GHG emissions in California are accomplished in a manner that will not jeopardize our state's economy, jobs and energy supply.

While the focus this year is mostly defensive, CMTA supports a few bills that could help business reduce GHG emissions without hurting the economy. AB 2924 by Juan Arambula (D – Fresno) intends to identify, and perhaps provide, sources of funding for businesses that are attempting to reduce GHG emissions.

The current version of the bill is relatively modest in scope, requiring the Climate Action Registry, a non-profit voluntary registry, to report to the Legislature on existing programs throughout the state that are available to assist businesses in financing GHG reductions.

Another good bill is AB 1925 by Sam Blakeslee (R – San Luis Obispo)  to require the California Energy Commission to report to the legislature how the state can provide incentives for cost-effective strategies to reduce or sequester carbon dioxide that is created by the generation of electricity. While CMTA's top priority is to defeat the most onerous GHG bills, we also support efforts to give business financial assistance to cover costs that will likely be incurred with new GHG mandates and we support efforts to reduce GHG emissions in a cost-effective manner.
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