It is not too late for California, though it might be after 4 years of Jerry Brown. They didn't call him Moon Beam because of his firm grasp of reality. He is beholden to the unions, the same unions that have bankrupted the state with pensions fit for kings.
Chelene Nightingale is the common sense candidate. She knows what needs to be done to save this state from a fate like Greece (where 1/3 of the population is employed by the government). I am endorsing her because she is the only candidate who has the guts to say what needs to be done. We are not in a temporary slump, we are in a continuous downward spiral.
If Proposition 23 fails, we will go into free fall. Chelene Nightingale understands this, and will get rid of AB-32 altogether. Why anybody thinks putting the reigns of this economy in the hands of an unelected panel of people nobody has ever heard of will help anything is beyond me. Yet that is what AB-32 does - it gives control to the Air Resources Board - Which describes its duties as follows:
The Scoping Plan, approved by the ARB Board December 12, 2008, provides the outline for actions to reduce California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Scoping Plan now requires the Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) and other state agencies to adopt regulations and other initiatives reducing GHGs.
The Next Chapters (graphic to the right), shows where we are in the process. ARB has already adopted a number of “early action” measures required by the Scoping Plan, and is now working on the Plan’s other measures. The majority of this work must be completed by December 31, 2010, with most regulations and other initiatives adopted by the start of 2011. This means more than 20 additional Scoping Plan measures will be adopted by ARB in 2009 and 2010. The goal is reducing GHGs to 1990 levels by 2020. After that, California’s goal is a reduction of 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050.
Interagency Coordination For an effort as broad as the Scoping Plan, interagency coordination will be critical, especially since many programs cut across sectors and agency responsibilities. The Climate Action Team comprised of State agencies and chaired by Cal/EPA Secretary Linda Adams has been re-organized to focus on implementation, with lead groups providing regular updates to the Climate Action Team on the status of measure development.
Use your head, California. AB-32 was passed in 2006 - 4 years ago, and they haven't even completed the list of regulations they are going to impose. Do you really think that is going to create jobs? LOOK FOR YOURSELF AT THE SCOPING PLAN.
CAP AND TRADE FOR CALIFORNIA - Starting in 2011
The AB 32 Scoping Plan identifies a cap-and-trade program as one of the main strategies California will employ to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that cause climate change. This program will help put California on the path to meet its goal of reducing GHG emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020, and ultimately achieving an 80% reduction from 1990 levels by 2050. Under cap-and-trade, an overall limit on GHG emissions from capped sectors will be established by the cap-and-trade program and facilities subject to the cap will be able to trade permits (allowances) to emit GHGs.
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will work with stakeholders to design a California cap-and-trade program that is enforceable and meets the requirements of AB 32, including the need to consider any potential impacts on disproportionately impacted communities. Consistent with AB 32, ARB must adopt the cap-and-trade regulation by January 1, 2011, and the program itself must begin in 2012.
If you want to have a job, keep your business or just plain earn a living in the state of California, then join me in voting for Chelene Nightingale for California Governor this November 2nd, the year we decide the fate of California, 2010.