Prop 23 Update: AB32 Green Slush Fund Bills Pass

Russ Steele

It has been the position of this blog that AB-32 was nothing more than opportunity for the politicians in Sacramento to create a giant slush fund using our tax dollars. There was never any scientific justification for a Cap and Trade program to reduce human generated CO2. With no science behind AB-32 it had to be all politics. Now that the auction in November will be creating the slush in the fund, all the pigs are bellying up to the billion dollar trough.

The CalWatchDog has the details.  [My comments are in brackets.]

Naturally, everyone wants a piece of that billion-dollar green pie. The Chamber is most concerned about three bills passed on the last day of the legislative session – SB 535, AB 1186 and AB 1532 – that slice up the pie.

SB 535 dishes a quarter of it to “disadvantaged” communities. [Vote buying and stop the law suits]

AB 1532 allows the money to be thrown at a smorgasbord of projects, including biofuels, electric vehicles, land conservation, public transportation, sustainable housing and recycling. [ NGO funding and more vote buying.]

AB 1186 slates money for energy efficiency projects in public schools; but a late amendment removed the connection to Cap and Trade funds, according to the bill’s author. Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. [ So if this is not connected to the Cap and Trade slush fund, where are the funds going to come from?]

As your will remember the original AB-32 bill designated the funds for CO2 reduction. So way are our political leaders using these funds to buy votes? Has the need for CO2 reduction passed? If so, why do we still need AB-32?


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.

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