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Dutton Calls on Air Board to Freeze Anti-Warming Measures Until Jobs Impact Report is Complete

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Larry VenusMarch 4, 2010(916) 651-4031 Dutton Calls on Air Board to Freeze Anti-Warming Measures Until Jobs Impact Report is CompleteAir Board has missed its own deadline, refused to set completion date SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader-elect Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) has sent a letter to California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chairwoman Mary Nichols calling on her to suspend implementation of AB 32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, until a “valid, peer-reviewed economic analysis has been completed.” Senator Dutton sent the letter to Mary Nichols after learning that CARB has yet to redo its initial flawed economic analysis by a promised Dec. 31, 2009 deadline. Last week CARB staff acknowledged that the new economic analysis has yet to be completed. Further, staff said they didn’t know when it would be done.(View my letter) “Mary Nichols and CARB continue to drag their feet on what should be priority number one—the potential impact their actions will have on jobs,” Senator Dutton said. “So while CARB barrels forward to implement anti-global warming measures, they do so completely ignorant of the true economic impact their actions will have on Californians’ jobs and our economy.” A key study from Sacramento State University economists estimates that the cost of AB 32 could be as high as 1.1 million lost jobs and a 10% reduction in the state’s economy. Senator Dutton introduced legislation last year, SB 295 that would have required CARB to redo its flawed economic analysis. The bill was killed by Democrats in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee after Mary Nichols assured the majority party that SB 295 was unnecessary because the new economic analysis would be completed by Dec. 31, 2009. “Mary Nichols and CARB should be held to the same standard they expect California businesses to follow,” Senator Dutton said. “We can do that by immediately suspending implementation of AB 32 until the revised economic analysis is complete.” -30- Larry VenusPress SecretarySen. Bob Dutton916-651-4384 - Office916-320-7617- Cell For more information about Senator Dutton or to sign up to receive his electronic newsletter, feel free to visit his website at: http://republican.sen.ca.gov/web/31/

March 1, 2010 Chairwoman Mary D. Nichols California Air Resources Board 1001 I Street P.O. Box 2815 Sacramento, CA 95812 Dear Ms. Nichols, Last year, I introduced SB 295, which would have required the California Air Resource Board (CARB) to re- do its widely criticized economic analysis of the AB 32 Scoping Plan. As you are well aware, academic peer reviewers and the Legislative Analyst’s Office raised significant concerns with the analysis. Robert Stavins, Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Programs, went so far as to say that the “economic analysis is terribly deficient in critical ways and should not be used by the State government or the public for the purpose of assessing the likely costs of CARB’s plans.” On May 20, 2009, in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, CARB staff admitted that the economic analysis “needed additional work.” In that same hearing, CARB argued that SB 295 was unnecessary because staff had already been directed to re-do the economic analysis with a deadline of December 31, 2009. Notably, CARB staff also raised concern that requiring a more in-depth analysis, like the one called for in SB 295, would delay the implementation of AB 32. Ironically, it is now March 1, 2010 and the only thing that CARB has delayed is the revised economic analysis. It is common knowledge that no business in California would be allowed to go forward with a construction project, for example, without a valid environmental impact review. It is inconceivable to me that CARB could implement a program with such wide-reaching impact without so much as a valid economic analysis. Unfortunately, CARB continues to rush ahead to implement AB 32 with no care given to the economic turmoil that it is causing. CARB is meeting arbitrary environmental implementation deadlines at the expense of the economic needs of California families. I respectfully request that you discontinue the implementation of AB 32 until a valid, peer-reviewed economic analysis has been completed. The livelihood of too many families is at stake. Thank you for your attention to this matter. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, BOB DUTTON Senator, 31st District


For Immediate ReleaseContact: Larry VenusMarch 4, 2010(916) 651-4031 Dutton Calls on Air Board to Freeze Anti-Warming Measures Until Jobs Impact Report is CompleteAir Board has missed its own deadline, refused to set completion date SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader-elect Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) has sent a letter to California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chairwoman Mary Nichols calling on her to suspend implementation of AB 32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, until a “valid, peer-reviewed economic analysis has been completed.” Senator Dutton sent the letter to Mary Nichols after learning that CARB has yet to redo its initial flawed economic analysis by a promised Dec. 31, 2009 deadline. Last week CARB staff acknowledged that the new economic analysis has yet to be completed. Further, staff said they didn’t know when it would be done.(View my letter) “Mary Nichols and CARB continue to drag their feet on what should be priority number one—the potential impact their actions will have on jobs,” Senator Dutton said. “So while CARB barrels forward to implement anti-global warming measures, they do so completely ignorant of the true economic impact their actions will have on Californians’ jobs and our economy.” A key study from Sacramento State University economists estimates that the cost of AB 32 could be as high as 1.1 million lost jobs and a 10% reduction in the state’s economy. Senator Dutton introduced legislation last year, SB 295 that would have required CARB to redo its flawed economic analysis. The bill was killed by Democrats in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee after Mary Nichols assured the majority party that SB 295 was unnecessary because the new economic analysis would be completed by Dec. 31, 2009. “Mary Nichols and CARB should be held to the same standard they expect California businesses to follow,” Senator Dutton said. “We can do that by immediately suspending implementation of AB 32 until the revised economic analysis is complete.” -30- Larry VenusPress SecretarySen. Bob Dutton916-651-4384 - Office916-320-7617- Cell For more information about Senator Dutton or to sign up to receive his electronic newsletter, feel free to visit his website at: http://republican.sen.ca.gov/web/31/

March 1, 2010 Chairwoman Mary D. Nichols California Air Resources Board 1001 I Street P.O. Box 2815 Sacramento, CA 95812 Dear Ms. Nichols, Last year, I introduced SB 295, which would have required the California Air Resource Board (CARB) to re- do its widely criticized economic analysis of the AB 32 Scoping Plan. As you are well aware, academic peer reviewers and the Legislative Analyst’s Office raised significant concerns with the analysis. Robert Stavins, Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Programs, went so far as to say that the “economic analysis is terribly deficient in critical ways and should not be used by the State government or the public for the purpose of assessing the likely costs of CARB’s plans.” On May 20, 2009, in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, CARB staff admitted that the economic analysis “needed additional work.” In that same hearing, CARB argued that SB 295 was unnecessary because staff had already been directed to re-do the economic analysis with a deadline of December 31, 2009. Notably, CARB staff also raised concern that requiring a more in-depth analysis, like the one called for in SB 295, would delay the implementation of AB 32. Ironically, it is now March 1, 2010 and the only thing that CARB has delayed is the revised economic analysis. It is common knowledge that no business in California would be allowed to go forward with a construction project, for example, without a valid environmental impact review. It is inconceivable to me that CARB could implement a program with such wide-reaching impact without so much as a valid economic analysis. Unfortunately, CARB continues to rush ahead to implement AB 32 with no care given to the economic turmoil that it is causing. CARB is meeting arbitrary environmental implementation deadlines at the expense of the economic needs of California families. I respectfully request that you discontinue the implementation of AB 32 until a valid, peer-reviewed economic analysis has been completed. The livelihood of too many families is at stake. Thank you for your attention to this matter. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, BOB DUTTON Senator, 31st District