Sense of Proportion
The Senator boasts that implementing AB 32 will create new jobs and businesses however
Many of the jobs Pavley touts are low wage and low skill positions. Implementation of AB32 has already cost the town of McCloud jobs by forcing out a new water bottling plant. That project is not an isolated case. Elsewhere, as the costs of implementation and enforcement is front loaded onto businesses, projects are abandoned and businesses shuttered.
Pavley also mentions that
Under AB 32 companies are forced NOW to address the burdensome regulations soon to be enforced by the state—taking money from real growth and jobs opportunities. The Senator argues in her article that AB32 is now spurring employment and economic growth in the green sector yet refuses to acknowledge that these same regulations are capable of negatively impacting the economy in every other sector. AB 32 is affecting the economy or it’s not. It’s this type of closed minded thinking that is discouraging businesses from expanding or coming to
Unfortunately those Californians with families but without jobs are the ones suffering most. In addition to the grave economic concerns associated with Pavley’s approach, most believe AB 32 will have little impact on global greenhouse gas emissions.