By OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is proposing expanding AB 32’s cap-and-trade program to include gasoline, diesel fuel, and natural gas, effective January 1, 2015. AB 32 was authored by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) and signed into law in 2006 to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels. California’s population was 22% lower than it is today.
“When I was a member of the State Assembly, I voted against AB 32 because it was a sweeping bill full of needless regulation and unintended consequences that could have devastating effects on the economy,” Supervisor Todd Spitzer said. “This hidden gas tax that CARB wants to implement is a perfect example of an unintended consequence of AB 32 that will hurt California’s working families in these tough economic times.”
On July 15, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to send a request to Governor Jerry Brown to delay the implementation of this expansion “until fuel cost increase concerns have been mitigated” and to express Orange County’s opposition to the implementation of this program itself. The County expressed concern to the Governor about increasing costs for residents, harm to the economy, and increased costs for government services involving vehicles, such as public safety, infrastructure, and community service programs.