The California Democrat Party voted last week to oppose any thought of suspending AB-32, the purported “environmental friendly” law passed in 2006 that sets 1990 greenhouse gas emissions levels as the goal to be achieved (yet again) by 2020.
According to Steven Maviglo at California Majority Report, “California Democrats are united to defeat efforts by greedy Texas oil companies to try to undo our state’s clean energy law,” says California Democratic PartyViceChair Eric C. Bauman. “Our party will lead the fight to defeat this dirty energy proposition that will kill thousands of high quality jobs in California’s growing clean energy economy and further pollute our air.”
Proponents of suspension, and not just Texas oil companies, base concerns on the draconian effect of AB-32 in the middle of recession and a period of high unemployment and forcing California deeper into a competitive disadvantage with other states and nations.
§38600(a) From and after the effective date of this measure, Division 25.5(commencing with section 38500) of the Health and Safety Code is suspended until such time as the unemployment rate in California is 5.5% or less for four consecutive calendar quarters. (b) While suspended, no state agency shall propose, promulgate, or adopt any regulation implementing Division 25.5(commencing with section 38500) and any regulation adopted prior to the effective date of this measure shall be void and unenforceable until such time as the suspension is lifted.
Besides a potential job killer and based on highly politicized pseudo science, AB 32 will dramatically increase costs of doing business in the once Golden State.
According to the Howard Jarvis Tax Group, implementation of AB 32 at any time will:
- Increase your electricity bill by 60 percent, according to the Southern California Public Power Authority.
- Increase your natural gas bill by at least 8 percent, according to CARB’s own economic analysis.
- Raise the price of every new home by $50,000 or more, according to an analysis by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
- Cause Americans to spend $3.7 billion a year more for gasoline and diesel according to Sierra Research.
- Increase the cost of any new car by and additional $1,000-$3,000, according to CARB and automaker studies.
Wait a second, according to the Democrats, all the lies about AB-32 were coming from Tesoro and Valero; but this research is coming from their own bureaucratic documents!