AB 32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, passed in 2006. The Act sought to save the clean California air while saving the failing state economy. Seven years later, California finds it did neither. Even the L.A. Times calls the legislation an epic failure.
If the L.A. Times is anything, it is the bully pulpit of political powers pandering to the California public. In the past, the paper supported AB 32, purporting its benefits in thwarting global warming by reducing greenhouse emissions despite the consequence of higher energy costs in California.
L.A. Times even propounded the job-creating potential of AB 32, promoting a legacy that then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted to leave in Sacramento. In both cases, nothing could be further from the bitter truth and real consequence of AB 32.
In truth, AB 32 accelerated the migration of nearly 4 million people from the state, with the pace of departure increasing lately. Businesses leave at the rate of 5-10 per week, taking millions of jobs with them, all tolled. Among the cognoscenti living in reality, AB 32 is known as “The Bill that Killed California.”
The bill made energy unaffordable for many individuals, households, businesses, and industries. And so, population leaves for the likes of Utah, Texas, Virginia, the Dakotas–business friendly states that don’t tax the wealth-makers to death-by-state-government.
Such business friendly ways, however, do not exist in California. Things are not working as intended, as manifest by California’s runaway unemployment, high cost of living, and usurious tax rates. The state is bankrupt and deep in debt with only more tax increases to shoulder the load.
The L.A. Times chose to spread the notion of economic hope from AB 32. And Californians bought the story by voting down Proposition 23, which, if passed, would have delayed the implementation of AB 32 for better economic times.
Duped beyond belief, voters even voted themselves a tax increase, passing Proposition 30 under the illogical logic of Gov. Jerry Brown and prompt promotion by the L.A. Times. The state, at the lead of its government, mesmerized the public with media that promised some kind of unattainable Nirvana.
California now approaches an economic disaster to which it has become accustomed. And the L.A. Times has decided to slant the story toward an untoward accuracy unknown before. It reported Gov. Brown admitting that programs such as AB 32 are costly to businesses and raises the price of energy in California. Finally, some truth comes out.
The government’s acknowledgment, however, begs the wisdom of its solution. Gov. Brown wants other states to follow in pursuing green technologies to lower costs by economies of scale. Such a solution smacks of another unachievable Utopian fix. Other states ought to remember Solyndra.
Kudos go to the L.A. Times for reporting that AB 32 imperils the economy, a new and different perspective for that medium. CalWatchdog, however, holds L.A. Times as the irresponsible party for an ‘epic fail’ in journalism for promoting the earlier fictional story for California under AB 32.
Californians have always shown a preference for fairy tale fictions over the gloom and doom of failure. AB 32 remains as the bill that kills.