Guest Host Secretary for Environmental Protection Linda Adams discussed the Second Anniversary of AB 32 in Governor´s Weekly Radio Address as heard each Tuesday morning as KVML´s Newsmaker of the Day.
“Hi, this is Linda Adams, Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, filling in for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with another California Report.
Today is the two-year anniversary of when the Governor signed AB 32, California´s landmark global warming law.
This made California the first state to take comprehensive and aggressive action to reduce the greenhouse gases we emit from our cars, our power plants and other sources.
AB 32 mandates a 25 percent reduction by 2020 and we want an 80 percent reduction by 2050.
And soon the Air Resources Board will release its scoping plan, which will lay out the framework for how we expect to meet these targets.
So while the federal government and other nations fight and bicker over climate change, California is taking action.
Like the Governor says, we are leading the world and it´s amazing how the world has responded.
Since the Governor signed AB 32, 10 states here in America have passed similar laws.
Another 20 are headed in that direction.
We have formed partnerships with Western states, Northeastern states, Canadian provinces and European nations.
Last week the Northeastern States started their own cap and trade program.
Earlier this week the Western Climate Initiative, which we began here in California, released its cap and trade plan, which will be the first solid step, toward stopping the growth of our region´s carbon footprint.
And that is just the start.
Right now, Governor Schwarzenegger and his staff are making final plans for a two-day Governors Global Climate Summit in November.
California will host this summit with officials from around the world, from provincial governments in China and India, from European nations and from Australia, Mexico and Canada.
The goal is to form a broad international alliance, so when the United Nations begins crafting the next Kyoto agreement in December, they´ll have the results and commitments from our summit as a framework.
Of course, there are always the naysayers, who think we should slow down, who think fighting global warming will be too expensive.
But the Governor believes there is far more economic opportunity in this endeavor, than there is economic risk.
The Air Resources Board just completed a study showing our law will create 100,000 new jobs and boost the economy by $27 billion.
So California will not slow down.
Like the Governor says, we´re not waiting for anyone, including the federal government.
California´s leading, just as you would expect.
On behalf of Governor Schwarzenegger, this is Linda Adams.
Thank you for listening.”
The Newsmaker of the Day can be heard each weekday morning at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47 on AM-1450 KVML.
Written by Mark Truppner