With the June 8th primaries for the next Governor of California rapidly approaching, I thought we’d take a look to see where the big names stand regarding AB 32. For those of you unfamiliar with AB 32, its best summarized as the bill that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More specifically, the assembly bill, originally signed by Governor Schwarzenegger back in 2006, is intended among other things, to reduce emissions back to 1990 levels by the year 2020, with an additional 8% reduction to follow by 2050.
Where they stand:
Jerry Brown – He defends the bill but sees room for adjustment. He does not favor a suspension. He opposes both Republican candidate viewpoints. When asked at the Green: Net 2010 conference about whether he fully supports the proposed law, or whether it needs change, Brown says,
Look, there isn’t a law that we have that doesn’t need changes. But the basic thrust of AB 32 is the direction, it’s the future, and we ought to stay the course, while making whatever alterations make sense. The Air Resources Board right now is engaged in that process, and certainly businesses and the governor’s office and the legislature ought to be very much a part of that (Source: GreenGov).
Steve Poizner – He opposes the legislation and wants to roll it back. He says the state has become less competitive as a result, and does not favor initiatives that halt greenhouse gas emissions until unemployment drops to 5.5% for four consecutive quarters (Fresno Bee). He’s on record supporting the California Jobs Initiative, which outlines a desire to temporarily suspend the operation and implementation of AB 32 until the state’s unemployment rate returns to the levels that existed at the time of its adoption (Initiative submitted to AG).
Meg Whitman – She proposes a one year moratorium of the bill. She wants to take a step back to reassess its impact on jobs,
A moratorium now on AB 32 would give us an opportunity to coordinate our environmental efforts with Washington. And if we do it right, it might save California businesses time and money. This is surely preferable to even more jobs fleeing our state (Source: MegWhitman.com).
So there it is folks, a brief breakdown of each candidates position on AB 32.