AB 32 never inspired anybody else

April 5, 2013

By John Seiler

AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, was supposed to inspire other countries to follow the state in mandating the reduction of greenhouse gases, in particular by switching from such “dirty” energy as coal to such “green” energy as solar and wind power.

AB 32’s language was explicit:

“National and international actions are necessary to fully address the issue of global warming. However, action taken by California to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases will have far-reaching effects by encouraging other states, the federal government, and other countries to act.”

Now, consider the following chart of China’s use of coal:

China coal use


Soon China will be using half the world’s entire coal supply. And notice what has happened since 2006, when AB 32 passed: China’s coal use has risen from around 2.6 billion tons per year, to 3.8 billion  in 2011. That’s a 46 percent rise.

China has 34 times as many people as California. And its GDP is about six times larger.

Californians still like to brag that our state is the eighth or ninth largest economy on the planet. But China’s is second largest, and soon will be first.

And the ChiComs care more about caring for their people, about half of whom still are impoverished, than about making California environmentalists feel good, or burnishing the ego of ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who signed AB 32 seven years ago.

In fact, things have changed so much that “global warming” now is called “climate change.” That’s because the latest studies show there hasn’t been any global warming for the past 16 years — despite the explosive growth of China, India, Brazil, Russia and other economies.

If you add the numbers of the black and red lines together in the above chart, global coal use jumped from 5.3 billion tons in 2000 to 9.1 in 2011. That’s global growth of 72 percent in just 11 years.

Yet the sun hasn’t been blotted out from the sky, the waters haven’t boiled over into our cities and the polar ice caps haven’t melted, as Al Gore warned would happen in his movie, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Gov. Jerry Brown is traveling next week to China. Do you think he will take in any of this, suspend AB 32 for a year (as the law allows) and promote California jobs growth?

Of course not. His illusions  are precious to him.


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  1. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 5 April, 2013, 21:23

    John, everything you cover in this article was predicted in 2006 by opponents of AB 32. Few Crazyfornia voters cared then and now it is too late. In politics mistakes last forever and good policy is always in danger of repeal if it has any chance at all. It’s too late to expect a course correction on AB 32. No matter how disastrous it is the ruling class is all in for a European style Democratic Socialist Enviro state. Each new policy failure creates a crisis which they exploit for more draconian measures. In a strange and twisted kind of way it’s a beautiful thing, like the perfect con job.

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  2. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 6 April, 2013, 12:23

    It was NOT wholly without inspiration.

    For example…….it inspired laughter in many state capitols, as well as Beijing, Seoul, New Delhi, and several others.

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  3. fish
    fish 7 April, 2013, 02:02

    Not true.

    AB32 inspired many to agitate for a new and separate revenue stream on top of those already in existence in California. That’s what the carbon emission exchanges are…the ability to allow government to conjure (monetize) additional revenue from ongoing and already taxed economic activities, sell the “credits” and turn this new money into yet more state spending. Most of the new spending will find its way into the pockets of the “well connected” in California I’m quite sure.

    Remember:Pack and Ship with the extra voices in Teds noggin……do it today

    lol ted L O L

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 7 April, 2013, 08:38

    If you hate California we have a sale on packing materials.

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