7 years not enough planning time for air board on AB 32

May 16, 2013

By Chris Reed

carb_logoThe news that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to “borrow” $500 million in cap-and-trade auction fees to prop up the state’s general fund in his revised 2013-14 budget could not have been more predictable.

Brown may have an image of fiscal rectitude, but it is fiscal rectitude in service of sustaining the state’s dumb status quo. However strong and obvious the case may be, the governor has no interest in a new approach that abandons the assumption that state spending must always be higher, year after year, no matter the larger economic circumstances, and that embraces the information technology revolution that has sharply improved private-sector productivity.

Still, one of the rationales for the diversion of auction fees was deliciously funny:

“Brown’s Department of Finance said in a letter to lawmakers that proceeds from the cap-and-trade system were originally proposed for programs to reduce greenhouse gas that could be funded by the general fund.

‘The loan is appropriate because the agencies need further time to design and develop their programs to ensure that when the programs receive funds they will further the purposes of AB 32 and maximize long-term greenhouse gas reductions,’ the Brown administration wrote.

“The letter also said the Air Resources Board needs more time to develop a plan that would help inform how to best invest the money.”

A Mencken moment for CARB

So the California Air Resources Board has had since the September 2006 enactment of AB 32 to prepare for its implementation — and now the time has come, and air board bureaucrats are still not ready?

Wow. To paraphrase H.L. Mencken, no one will ever go broke underestimating CARB.

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  1. Queeg
    Queeg 16 May, 2013, 07:51

    Cap and Trade……wonderful…..what fools paid into this program….Who are they?

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  2. us citizen
    us citizen 16 May, 2013, 08:43

    Cap and Trade……….another fiasco perpetrated by the govt.

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  3. BikeCommuter
    BikeCommuter 16 May, 2013, 09:03

    Unfortunately, courts have already approved the state’s use of special funds as “slush” funds providing no limit on the government’s creative accounting practices. We might as well appoint Judge Judy to the Supreme Court. At least she would provide entertainment, too. And that $500 million is supposed to be revenue from fees? Shouldn’t the government already have a plan for how to use fees before it collects them? Help us Mr. Wizard!!

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  4. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 16 May, 2013, 09:35

    Queeg: The answer to your questions is: “WE did, of course.”

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  5. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 16 May, 2013, 10:36

    So we were told by the Global Warming Eco-hysterics that Cap and Trade was necessary to save the planet and was absolutely NOT a cynical money grab. Now we find out that it absolutely was A CYNICAL AND OPPORTUNISTIC MONEY GRAB, like critics of AB 32 said all along.

    Will the permanently complacent voters of this brain dead, morally bankrupt state care? Of course not! They will focus on more important matters like the Ashton Kutcher-Demi Moore divorce or what today’s taco truck lunch special is. Say what you will about Crazyfornia, but the voters here have perfectly predictable and utterly vapid priorities.

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  6. Tax Target
    Tax Target 16 May, 2013, 11:09

    I am so looking forward to being out of Kalifornsky… only weeks away….

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  7. us citizen
    us citizen 16 May, 2013, 11:19

    OMG….did Aston and Demi divorce!!!????
    Ive been glued to the chaos of what this govt is up to, that I missed the most important story of the day. Oh God, I am crushed now.

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  8. Queeg
    Queeg 16 May, 2013, 14:32

    Tax Target you will be a bewildered carpetbagger like Hondo…..

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