A push to make
the first state to set its own cap on greenhouse gas emissions has cleared the
Legislature and is headed to the governor’s office.
The effort takes several steps during the next 14 years to reduce
emissions at such locations as power plants and oil refineries.
The Assembly voted 47-32 on the last day of the legislative session to
approve Senate changes to the bill. The vote cleared the way for the effort to
move to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who supports the initiative.
The bill – AB32 – is intended to cap greenhouse gas emissions – widely
blamed for global warming – at 1990 levels by 2020. If achieved, it would reduce
emissions by about 25 percent.
Sponsored by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, the bill also would require the
California Air Resources Board to adopt regulations to require reporting of
emissions from the biggest polluters by 2008.
The senior vice president for the California Trucking Association
recently told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that she doesn’t believe
the new regulations would affect truck drivers or companies.
“I don’t think the regulations will impact trucking. They’re going to
impact the energy companies,” said Stephanie Williams of Caltrux. “It’s a
stationary source fight against the mobile source community. They’re putting
the regulations on the stationary sources.”
Supporters say the bill is a step forward in fighting global climate
change, The Associated Press reported. Some
opponents say it would increase costs and force businesses to scale back their
operations in the state while others say climate change should be addressed at
the national level, not on a state-by-state basis.
The bill also would authorize CARB to start measuring the amount of
carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions coming from major pollution
sources. Limits would be required to be put in place by 2012.
An emergency provision also is in place to allow the governor to delay
implementation of the regulations for up to one year in the event of “extraordinary circumstances, catastrophic events or threat of significant