June 14, 2006
As the June 12 article "Western Governors Take Aim at Global Warming" reported, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was instrumental in the passage of a global warming resolution by the Assn. of Western Governors. Given the absence of action at the federal level, state leadership is our best hope for solving this important issue, and Schwarzenegger is right to push state action. Unfortunately, resolutions and promises are only good if followed by action. Schwarzenegger should endorse the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32)
May 19, 2010 |
A state law that requires power plants, factories and other businesses to cut greenhouse gas emissions could cause energy prices to rise and prompt businesses to delay expansion or flee California, according to a study by the state Legislative Analyst's Office. The landmark global warming law, which is being enforced in phases, could put the state's businesses at a competitive disadvantage unless other states and the federal government come up with similar plans, the study by the nonpartisan agency said.
September 4, 2006
Re "State on Verge of Greenhouse Gas Restrictions," Aug. 31 In opposing the greenhouse gas bill, Republicans in the state Legislature say the federal government should take the lead. That would be fine, except that they have never called for federal action on climate change and they know that President Bush is in denial about the problem. They're fighting for their business friends over the public interest. California once again leads the nation in environmental protection. BILL COLLINS San Diego Thanks for the Ohio jobs bill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2010 |
California's overall economy will not suffer, and many parts of it will prosper under the state's landmark http://lawglobal warming law, according to an analysis by the California Air Resources Board that rebuts an industry-led ballot effort to suspend the regulations. The 103-page report, to be released Wednesday, comes after earlier projections were criticized as flimsy. It was vetted by a panel of independent academics and policy experts. "This shows we can implement the law and that growth in the California economy will be large and unabated," said board Chairwoman Mary D. Nichols, who acknowledged that "shifting the economy away from fossil fuels and toward more renewable energy means that some businesses, including green technology, will benefit, while others will see their costs go up. "This won't go down easily," Nichols said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2010 |
The California Teamsters, one of the state's most powerful unions, has voted to oppose a proposed ballot initiative to delay enforcement of the state's Global Warming Solutions Act, the nation's toughest law to control greenhouse gas emissions. The Teamsters, with more than 250,000 members in California, is the first major union to officially oppose the measure, which is backed by a group of oil companies, Republican legislators and conservative activists. The group is gathering signatures to place the initiative on the November ballot.
June 26, 2006
Re "Greenhouse Gases Rise 85% in 4 Decades," June 21 Global warming affects the whole world, and California, being one of the largest global warming polluters on Earth, is a great place to start fighting it. Within 40 years, the state's emissions grew by 169.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. By mandating statewide cuts in pollution by greenhouse gases, the governor and other state leaders would place California at the top of the fight against global warming and set a great example for the rest of the country.