Nevada County’s Tourism Plan Maybe Dead on Arrival

Russ Steele

While Nevada County Supervisors are spending money to encourage more tourist to drive to Nevada County, the California Air Resources Board and the supporters of AB-32 are working hard to take those tourist cars off the road.  Katy Grimes writing at the Cal Watchdog has the details.

A hearing held Monday in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee covered the long-term viability of available fuels needed to meet California’s increasing green energy demands — demands that are increasing because of laws passed by the state Legislature. But the discussion was not about all available fuels. In fact, petroleum-based fuels are even more unwelcome in California than trans fats.

Sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund, AB 32 requires California to lower greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 — “the equivalent of taking approximately 28 million cars off the nation’s roads,” according to the EDF. On Oct. 20, the California Air Resources Board voted to launch in 2012 a key part of AB 32, the “cap and trade” program for trading emissions.

The purpose stated for Monday’s hearing was to address California’s increasing transportation demands, which “reflect state policies on air quality and greenhouse gases.”

But the panel invited to provide the overview of transportation fuels sounded as if they had stepped right out of a global warming conference at the United Nations. Panelists included Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board Director, Daniel Kammen, a Professor at University of California Berkeley and Dawn Manley, PhD, Sandia National Laboratories. They presented committee members with plans, charts and graphs for aggressively pushing even more clean-air goals by entirely changing the way Californians drive.

What is this group of global warming grant whores planning for California drivers:

  • Mary Nichols wants to accelerate the clean air goals established in AB-32 by “ “ramping up” the mandates.”
  • Dan Kammen wants to monitor where we drive, and why we drive and then charge fees on cars that aren’t deemed clean and green in order “to send signals to purchasers of vehicles to use more bus and rapid transit.”
  • Dawn Manley wants a mandated shift from petroleum to alternative fuels, including ethanol, and plug in vehicles that do not have a combustion engines.

You can read the whole article HERE,  but it is clear that the actions of this group are to get petroleum powered cars off the road by making driving as expensive as possible.  As the cost of driving increases, Californians will have to adjust their budgets, and tourism will be one of the first budget items cut, as they preserve money and fuel for work and survival related tasks.

This means that no matter how attractive we try to make Nevada County, our target audiences in the Valley and Bay Area will not be driving to Nevada County for the weekend, and if they do they will have much less money to spend after an expensive drive to the foothills.

Oh, Yes here is the global warming that CARB is trying to prevent by limiting your driving:

Do you see the warming that you are going to  pay for, and will kill Nevada County’s tourism!


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

One Response to Nevada County’s Tourism Plan Maybe Dead on Arrival

  1. I think we need tp have the “cap and trade” police man the ag stations on the highways and interstates that come into California. They will perform a smog check on every vehicle ($88 bucks a pop) and if the travelers can’t meet the requirements of AB32, send them home. We Californians do not want our air affected by those scofflaws driving those smoke belching Volvos. I also would man the entrances to our county at Hwy’s 49, 20 and perhaps the railroad, and do the same diagnosis of all these smog belching mechanisms. Turn them back if they are not meeting the standards. Our air is too valuable to allow these “tourists” to come into our state and our country. We don’t need or want their stinkin money, we want pritine air. This is actually on the table!

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