Shocking media development: An honest take on AB 32’s costs

Nov. 14, 2012

By Chris Reed

Here’s how terrible California media coverage of AB 32 has been: Lots of people reading Dan Walters’ column today about the economic toll that it will take are probably surprised.

Remember back in 2010? In covering Prop. 23, which would have blocked AB 32’s implementation until unemployment went down and stayed down, the media simply ignored the same critique that Walters offers in his new column:

“This is a huge experiment in altering Californians’ economy and lifestyles.

“Whether it pans out or not, the short-run costs will be immense.”

This could have been written any time in the last six years. But it only shows up in the Sacramento Bee on the day that AB 32 kicks into high gear. Boy, are we blessed to have the Sacramento media. These guys are the best.


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  1. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 14 November, 2012, 09:04

    So Dan Walters, who is supposed to be the Dean of Excremento political columnists, finally lets the truth leak out now that it’s too late to do anything about it. That’s altogether too little face saving for such a corpulent mug. Will the clueless readers of The SacBee even care? I doubt it. The Fourth Estate is nothing but a handmaiden to the destruction of everything worth believing in or fighting for. If there were any sanity left in this country big media journalists and pundits would be laughed at, ridiculed and treated as a public nuisance.

    Maybe in some sane parallel universe these people are locked up in an institution for the criminally stupid. Just the thought alone is enough to put a smile on my face.

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 14 November, 2012, 09:31

    What a crock!

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  3. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 14 November, 2012, 11:32

    From Walters’ column:

    “Mary Nichols, who chairs the Air Resources Board, and other advocates of cap and trade contend that in the long run, the business costs will be mitigated by savings from greater operational efficiencies………”

    Is this the single most stupid thing you have ever read?

    Mary: If there truly are “greater operational efficiencies”…….Don’t you think business would have embarked on them already?

    Sadly, not surprising from Nichols, given her utter contempt of private industry. She thinks business is run by slow-witted, slack-jawed packs of Neanderthals.

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  4. Queeg
    Queeg 14 November, 2012, 19:04

    The Commissar has spoken. It could be worse. Alas! It will be with Buzz and Johnny and Steinee warming up with tomes of administrative, amplifying and clarifying cap trap in 2013…..your fireplace, barbecue, garage freezer, a/c and SUV will participate in global climate change savings soon…..face it your a gross polluter…feel bad?

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  5. Dan Walters
    Dan Walters 14 November, 2012, 21:21

    This is Dan Walters. For the record, I have written about the costs and other consequences of AB32 and other elements of the state’s anti-carbon program on several occasions in the past.

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  6. Donkey
    Donkey 14 November, 2012, 23:02

    “Dean of Excremento political columnists,” Dyspeptic ,I’d copywrite that one my friend! 🙂

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  7. Sean Morham
    Sean Morham 15 November, 2012, 10:44

    I am hoping with 1-2 years years, electric cars will go 300 plus miles on a charge. Buy it with Fed and Cal tax credits.
    Make monthly trips to Nevada to shop, no cal sales tax(Nevada, though.
    Fix up house in the meantime, put up for sale.
    Sell house to local firemen so they can operate as a rental property. Property(4 bedroom) is rented to three familes on public assistance.
    Ok, firemen will paid from taxes, rentors, the same, Something is missing.
    Me.I have moved to Nevada.

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  8. Hondo
    Hondo 15 November, 2012, 20:34

    Yeh, get off Dans back. He is a mostly moderate voice and when he ups the rhetoric, watch out.
    Cap and tax will slaughter the small restaurant business mostly owned by minorities. Those ovens use a lotta carbon. I’m guessing Moonbeam will shut this down soon. The economy can’t support it.

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  9. Sean Morham
    Sean Morham 16 November, 2012, 10:56

    The push for AB 32 was such, that no editorial could have stopped the enviro-nazis from getting they want. I just wish we had a “Bet your life” clause attached for the supporters. It has to work as the promoters promise, if not, public hangings for them. Old Sacramento would be a nice venue about an hour into happy hour. Good topic for a “Backroads California” episode.

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