Is pro-business faction emerging among CA Dem lawmakers?

Is pro-business faction emerging among CA Dem lawmakers?

ccarb_logoFor years, both the California Air Resources Board and the California Democratic Party have peddled the absurd fiction that there is no economic downside to AB 32 forcing the entire state to shift to cleaner but much costlier forms of energy.

It’s awfully easy to be green and consider yourself both smart and morally superior when you think green policies won’t hit your family in the pocketbook.

But now that it’s become clear that gasoline prices will go up sharply because of AB 32’s key provision — the cap-and-trade program in which companies trade pollution rights — the Democratic consensus in the Legislature has been destroyed.

That 16 Assembly Democrats signed a letter warning that cap-and-trade shouldn’t push gas prices higher means that a majority of the Assembly is on record as objecting to AB 32’s central objective — forcing Californians to turn away from fossil fuels.

The air board minimizes the AB 32 hit on gas prices as being “only” 10 to 20 cents per gallon. But for two years, AB 32 aficionados have pointed out that’s not what a well-regarded state consultant believes.  In 2012, the Boston Consulting Group predicted gas prices in California would go up 43 cents to $1.59 per gallon due to cap and trade,

An a la carte objection — or beginning of a revolution?

Now the question is whether this is just an a la carte objection to California’s green orthodoxy — or if California Democrats are finally going to become more like Dems in America’s other megastates of Texas, Florida and New York.

I’ve been pointing out the following for years:

In Austin, there are plenty of Dems who want to help Texas’ energy, export-import and ranching industries. In Tallahassee, there are plenty of Dems who want to help Florida’s tourism and international trade industries. In Albany, there are plenty of Dems who want to help New York’s financial, ag and tech industries.

That’s from my Calwhine whining in 2012.

This  emerging Dem disillusionment with green-energy policies precisely mirrors what’s happened in Europe, where many nations are rolling back renewable-energy policies or trying to untangle policies that have had vast unintended consequences.

Eventually, California Democrats who don’t represent the whiter parts of the Bay Area and Los Angeles County are going to realize their constituents are hurt by air board control of economic regulation.

Or at least that’s what we have to hope if we want California to lose its status as most impoverished state any time soon.


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  1. Ronald Stein
    Ronald Stein 7 July, 2014, 07:58

    Extra costs resulting from government actions on businesses are a slight inconvenience to those making the big bucks. Those behind the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses are mostly the highly compensated, and most with sweet defined retirement benefit packages waiting for them upon retirement, i.e., those that CAN afford the higher costs that trickle down to all citizens for products and services.

    Those that earn less than $20 per hour, which includes virtually all those in the food and hospitality industries, are the ones that can least afford higher costs for power, transportation fuels, and food. There is minimal impact to those that can afford the results of our relentless business unfriendly efforts, but little hope for those that barely exist at today’s cost of living.

    The method to counteract the ever increasing costs to the financially challenged, from the costs of over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable fees on businesses that trickle down to the pocket books of the financially challenged, is to raise the minimum wage for the financially challenged. BUT WAIT….is this a camouflaged Ponzi scheme, or just a way to buy votes from the financially challenged?

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  2. Queeg
    Queeg 7 July, 2014, 21:17

    Globalists want you poor, uneducated, cleaned out from buying beads and trinkets, dope, booze, overpriced carbs.

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