Written by Gordon Webster, Jr.
Up in Sacramento, it’s business as usual.
That’s my takeaway, at least, with the recent passage of SB 32, a job killer bill that would increase costs for California businesses and make them less competitive.
SB 32, authored by state Senate Dem. Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills, would mandate a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The bill recently advanced out of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.
As an unelected body, The California Air Resources Board carries sweeping power to create regulations that touch nearly everyone in the state. SB 32 would give CARB nearly-absolute authority to meet the greenhouse gas reduction goal.
As outlined by the California Chamber of Commerce and a coalition opposed to SB 32, this bill must include a cost-benefit analysis that takes into account the ability for California businesses to compete in the global marketplace.
Residential construction and other forms of development could especially hurt by this bill, since it creates speculative greenhouse gas reduction targets without first acknowledging the technological feasibility and costs.
Be sure to contact your representative in Sacramento to voice your concerns with SB 32.