Rogue CARB Snubbing Democrat Puppet Masters
03/05/2012 2 Comments
Katy Grimes writing at the CalWatch Dog has the story: CARB ‘Rogue Agency’ Snubs Legislators
A Wednesday hearing in the Legislature to discuss pending state cap-and-trade auction revenues produced very few answers. But it did prove that no one in the state has a handle on the implementation of AB 32, the Global Warming Solution Act of 2006, or the potential repercussions from the vast law.
Even the Legislative Anaylyst’s Office, always well versed on the detail of state policy, had more questions for the California Air Resources Board. But all that came back from CARB was bureaucratic doublespeak, and few answers.
CARB Director Mary Nichols did not show up for the hearing, much to the “extreme dismay” of the committee chairman, Assemblyman Richard Gordon, D-Menlo Park. Gordon told CARB Deputy Director Richard Corey to convey to Nichols that the committee was upset with her.
Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, took Nichols to task for skipping the meeting, and said CARB is a rogue agency that has gone far beyond its authority.
You can read the whole story HERE, but are some of the disturbing details:
Delaware Corporation In CA Carbon Market
CARB created the WCI, Inc., registered as a Delaware corporation, “to perform administrative and technical services to support the carbon trading market, including market monitoring of allowance auctions, and market trading of compliance instruments.”
On the WCI Board of Directors is Matt Rodriquez, the newly appointed secretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency; James Goldstene, CARB Chairman and CEO; and the equivalent officials for the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Quebec. No other America states are involved.
Harkey asked Corey why WCI was registered in Delaware and not in California. “WCI is an established … it’s a program to link with others,” Corey said. “Many California companies are incorporated in Delaware, like Chevron and Disney,” Corey added. “And the Delaware incorporation law is taught in law schools around the country. It was on the advice of counsel.”
“California has Sunshine laws and open hearing regulations,” Harkey said. “We have public funds we are dealing with here, not like Chevron or Disney.” Harkey noted that Delaware is not subject to California state open meeting or sunshine laws.
CARB has not created much confidence in the Legislature that they know what the organization is doing, and they are getting nervous.
At times, it sounded as of Corey was speaking in tongues. “What is plan B?” asked Assemblyman David Valadeo, R-Hanford. “You know we are going to lose a lot of businesses to leakage.”
The “leakage” Valadeo referenced is the anticipated loss of businesses to other states, due to the implementation of AB 32, and the additional costs to businesses in the state. “The leakage was a specific requirement of AB 32,” Corey said. “We looked at it, evaluated it, and have it in a monitoring process….”
“What’s the sign of leakage after they’ve left?” Valadeo asked. Chuckles from the audience could be heard.
“Leakage is at the top of our list,” Corey said. “There are a number of checks and balances on these issues should they arise.”
There is no plan B. There is not way to keep companies in Californian after the state starts the AB-32 Cap and Trade Program. Arnold’s original plan A was to create the Western Climate Initiative and have all the Western States and Canadian Providences sign up, removing the incentive for companies to move. However, all the Western States bailed once they saw the economic costs of implementing AB-32 like programs in their own states. Only California, British Columbia and Quebec are in the WCI and attitudes are changing in Canada, and California will be the only organizations in a Delaware Corporation managing the State Cap and Trade Program with no open meeting requirements.
Even the Democrats are getting nervous about CARB’s Rogue behavior and no Plan B to keep companies from leaving California. We all should be nervous!