Tom McClintock gave a speech October 18, where he outlined the grave impacts global warming will have on California. According to McClintock, one disaster on the immediate horizon is AB 32, passed recently by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger.
“In the name of saving the planet from global warming, California adopted the most radically restrictive legislation anywhere in the nation, including AB 32, which requires a 25 percent reduction in man-made carbon dioxide emissions within 13 years. To put this in perspective, we could junk every car in the state of California RIGHT NOW – and not meet this mandate.
“[Yet,] Californians just approved $40 billion of bonds that California’s political leaders promised would be used for highways, dams, aqueducts and other capital improvements. They are desperately needed. But at the same time, those same political leaders have imposed a 25 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
“Now here’s the problem. Building highways, dams and aqueducts requires tremendous amounts of concrete, the principle ingredient of which is cement. [But], it turns out that for every ton of cement, a TON of carbon dioxide is released. It’s the third biggest source of carbon dioxide in all human enterprise…
“Citing AB 32, Brown argued that unless the counties could show how they would build highways without using earthmoving equipment or concrete – and that once built, that people would not drive automobiles on them – the only legal use of the funds would be to promote mass transit, transit villages – and I’m not making this up – pedestrian trails and bicycle paths.”
And that’s just how AB 32 will impact California’s highway infrastructure. Read the rest of McClintock’s speech to the Western Conservative Political Action Conference.