Californians Say, Let’s Slow Down the Assault on Manufacturers

From the good people at the California Manufacturers and Technology Association, one of the leading advocates of an initiated measure to halt implementation of the AB 32, the single-state crack down on greenhouse gas emissions, i.e., human economic activity.  The 2006 law caps greenhouse gas emissions at 1990 levels by 2020 and includes enforceable penalties.

Gino DiCaro, CMTA’s vice president of communications, blogs, “800,000 Californians sign to put CA’s economy first and signal ‘welcome mat’ for manufacturers“:

The campaign to suspend AB 32’s global warming regulations until California’s economy and unemployment recovers submitted double the signatures needed today to qualify the “California Jobs Initiative” for the November ballot.

The initiative got more than 800,000 signatures, far above the 433,971 needed.  The state’s citizens understand that implementing AB 32 at the right time in the right way is not an anti-environment position.  It’s a path to improve our economy first through job growth — with high wage and ‘green’ manufacturing jobs at the center of that recovery — and a way to see if the rest of the country will follow with their own global warming mandates.  Today’s announcement makes clear that the California voters don’t want to go it alone on costly greenhouse gas reductions.

California is losing key manufacturing jobs already — down 34% since 2001 — and the state would continue its precipitous decline if AB 32 is implemented now in a manner that is not cost-effective, technologically feasible or competitive with the rest of the country. 

Gino reports a startling statistic: In 2000, California had one of every 16 new or expanded manufacturing facilities in the country.  In 2009, the state had 1 one of every 40. 

California’s calamitous approach toward consumer and industrial use of energy embraces many more mistakes than just AB 32. The Institute for Energy Research recently published a new report, “Energy Regulations in the States: A Wake-up Call,” that includes state-by-state analyses of energy usage and government-imposed costs. The California’s portion of the report is available here, and the summary states:

California is an exceptional state. California has a high per capita gross state product and high energy prices. California’s climate attracts people from throughout the country, and the entertainment industry and Silicon Valley have created great economic wealth in California. But California’s regulations have driven up energy prices, and the regulations will continue to help push up energy prices. For example, California motorists are required to use a special motor gasoline blend called California Clean Burning Gasoline, making California have the highest gasoline price in the lower 48 states. California has also enacted regulations to increase the price of energy in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. These excessive regulations will not help California’s battered jobs outlook, nor will it help California balance its budget.

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