Prop 23 Update: Let the AB-32 Exemptions Begin.

Russ Steele

It did not take long,  now that CARB has tossed Cap and Trade hook on the table and will start collecting money for their environmental slush fund, for organizations to line up for AB-32 Cap and Trade exemptions.

The North County Times has some details on one of the first in the slush fund exemption cue:

Southern California’s biggest water wholesaler says it faces an extra $10 million to $50 million in annual expenses to comply with California’s global warming law.

Those costs will flow down to ratepayers already stressed by steeply rising bills, said the giant Metropolitan Water District, importer of most of the water used in Southern California.

To forestall this increase, Metropolitan is asking for an exemption from the “cap-and-trade” greenhouse emissions requirements of Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, said Jeff Kightlinger, Metropolitan’s general manager.

CARB is not a in a mood to grant any exemptions,  explaining that $10 to $50 million was not enough impact on the MWD rate payers to bother with the paper work.

“CARB has taken a look at us and said the dollars aren’t that big —- $10 million to $50 million a year —- and therefore not worthy of cushioning our customers with free allowances,” Kightlinger said.

What arrogance!  CARB demands those rate payers toady up for the slush fund. After all CARB needs the cash to pay the salary of their bloated staff of environmental harassers.  Remember that AB-32 Cap and Trade revenue can only be used to administer the program, but just think of how many environmental enforcers CARB can hire with a few billion dollars a year.

You can read the rest of the article HERE.

Military bases and the UC University systems are next in the cue for exemptions.  I can imagine the list will grow over time. Once one exemption is made, all the others will be lining up to get off the hook as one of CARB’s Cap and Trade Slush Fund contributors.

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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.

2 Responses to Prop 23 Update: Let the AB-32 Exemptions Begin.

  1. Dena says:

    On the other side of the coin, the more pain that CARB inflicts, the faster the voters will come to their senses (maybe).

  2. Arthur M. Day. says:

    Dena, I’m afraid too many sensible people have left the state. My departure date, June 1992.

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