New CARB Scoping Plan claims fighting ‘climate change’ is a ‘great unifier’

by Wayne Lusvardi | February 11, 2014 10:06 am

Yesterday the California Air Resources Board released the first update[1] of its Climate Change Scoping Plan. The original Scoping Plan[2] came out in Dec. 2008. Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006[3], required the original Scoping Plan and updates every five years.

The new plan concludes that climate change can be combated and the economy can grow at the same time. It also claims battling climate change can be a “great unifier” for all the state’s activities.

The updated plan reaffirms that it will stay on the course of AB32:

“Climate change presents an unprecedented set of challenges for California.  We are already experiencing its impacts and know they will only increase. But it can also be a great unifier.” 

Comprehensive plan

The updated Scoping Plan includes:

The main strategy for water management will be “to employ pricing policies [that] will maximize efficiency and conservation efforts…to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and maintain water supply reliability during drought periods.”

“Pricing policies” likely means higher water rates and adding no more water storage reservoirs. Such policies are not resulting in unification but greater conflict between Central Valley farmers and environmentalists.[4]

Eight years after

The new Scoping Plan does not deal with many objections that have cropped up since AB32 was passed in 2006. But there has been a lot that the public has learned about what used to be called “global warming” but is now called “climate change”:


CARB does not refute any of the above. Instead, CARB’s 159-page plan lauds the accomplishments of cleaner and more efficient energy, cleaner transportation and the cap and trade air emissions taxation program.

As the new Scoping Plan notes, the defeat of Proposition 23 in 2010, which would have restricted AB32 implementation, indicates that CARB’s new powers in regulating vast new areas of the state economy will continue and expand.

  1. first update:
  2. Scoping Plan:
  3. Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006:
  4. Central Valley farmers and environmentalists.:
  5. Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia:
  6. U.C. Santa Barbara renowned emeritus professor of physics Hal Lewis:
  7. Landscapes and Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism:
  8. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment report of 2013:
  9. No 15-year interval yields a statistically significant global temperature trend.:
  10. Statistical significance:
  11. Rupert Darwall:

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