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Global warming ballot initiative: Teamsters and cities weigh in

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Valero protest AB 32
The California Teamsters, one of the state's most powerful unions, Friday joined opponents of a proposed ballot initiative to delay enforcement of the Global Warming Solutions Act. The Teamsters, representing more than 250,000 union members in California, is the first major union to officially oppose the measure, which is backed by a group of oil companies, Republican legislators and conservative activists. The group is gathering signatures to place the initiative on the November ballot.

"We must reject efforts to move backwards on protection of the environment," said Randy Cammack, co-chair of the Teamster's Public Affairs Council, which voted against the ballot measure. "Our members are citizens and neighbors as well as workers. We breathe the same air, drink the same water, and live on the same planet with every other human being. ...There is no inconsistency between protecting our environment and building a strong and vibrant economy."

The trucking industry sees it differently. The California Trucking Assn. last week endorsed the ballot measure, which proponents are calling the California Jobs Initiative. The trucking association, which represents 3,600 members who own 350,000 trucks, has been locked in conflict with the California Air Resources Board over air pollution rules for diesel emissions. The diesel emissions law, a measure to slash cancer-causing pollution, is separate from the climate law, which would curb carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.  Valerie Liese, chairwoman of the trucking association, said the climate law would drive manufacturers out of state, resulting in fewer customers for truckers.

The Teamsters' vote came a day after the 48-member governing board of the League of California Cities rejected a proposal to ask Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California Air Resources Board to consider delaying enforcement of AB 32, the climate law. Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel led the opposition to the roll-back proposal, according to the law's supporters.  The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Richard Dixon, the mayor pro-tem of Lake Forest in Orange County, told colleagues it would cost as much as $3 million for Orange County to comply -- a figure disputed by others attending the meeting. (NOTE: This post was updated to reflect the fact that the League rejected the roll-back proposal, but did not alter its neutral position on the law itself)

The proposal also unsuccessfully sought to delay implementation of regulations under SB 375, a law that rewards cities and counties for concentrating development in denser clusters to reduce automobile traffic that is a major cause of traditional air pollutants and also of greenhouse gases that are trapping heat in the atmosphere.

California's 2006 climate law, the toughest in the nation, would require the state to slash its carbon footprint by 15% over today's levels by 2020. Curbs on industry, automobiles and other sectors would begin to take effect next year, unless they are delayed by the ballot proposition. GOP gubernatorial candidates Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman also have endorsed a delay in the law, while Democrat Jerry Brown supports the current effort to implement the law.

Scientists say that greenhouse gas emissions are trapping heat in the atmosphere and disrupting the climate, including California water supplies, agriculture and ports threatened by sea-level rise.

-- Margot Roosevelt

Photo: Protesters at a Valero gas station in Los Angeles on Thursday. The Los Angeles-based Courage Campaign is pushing a boycott of gas stations owned or operated by Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp., two major sponsors of an initiative to delay the state's global warming rules. Credit: Ben Benjamin / Credo Mobile.

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Good post Orkneygal, but Margot Roosevelt is a Denier.
She denies there is an intense scientific debate on whether the principal cause of global warming is natural or man-made.

For a "science" writer to deny this ongoing scientific debate where the scientific conclusion is very unsettled is unconscionable.

HI Margot,

I read your article about the Teamsters formally opposing the rollback of AB 32.

Here is a press release the San Diego Labor Council put out last week about our opposition to proposals to delay or roll back AB 32.

At the San Diego Labor Council, we have been educating union members about the benefit environmental laws like AB 32, SB 375 and CEQA have on jobs.

San Diego Labor Community Announces Commitment to Environmental Partnership, Opposition to Attacks on Environmental Laws

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Thursday, April 22, 2010

Local Union Members Attend Workshops on Energy, Transit, Water, Development; Hear From National Green Jobs Leader

SAN DIEGO, CA – (April 20, 2010) – Labor leaders from unions throughout the region gathered tonight to hear from keynote speaker Jerome Ringo, former President of the Apollo Alliance, about key environmental issues impacting the region and how the labor community can work with environmental partners to ensure San Diego’s green economy creates middle-class careers for local workers. This Earth Week gathering comes at a time when California's major environmental laws, including the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) are under attack in Sacramento.

"Too often we are presented with a false choice: good jobs or a clean environment," said Lorena Gonzalez, Secretary-Treasurer and CEO of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO and a former environmental attorney. "In fact, we can, and must, have both. We oppose current attacks on California's environmental laws as a step backward for working people. It is nothing more than an attempt by a select group of corporations to undermine the green economy and to gain a free pass to pollute our workplaces and our communities."

Former Apollo Alliance President Jerome Ringo, keynote speaker at tonight's event, notes, "Green jobs and smart growth can revive San Diego's economy and resolve some of our worst environmental problems. Working together, labor and environmental allies can seize this moment to create a just future for America's workers and a cleaner, healthier 21st century for our communities."

Union members were briefed on various environmental issues that create good jobs for San Diego by teams of labor leaders who work on those issues along with environmental experts:
Water Quality
Lorena Gonzalez, Secretary-Treasurer/CEO, San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Bruce Reznik, San Diego Coastkeeper
Mass Transit
Evan McLaughlin, San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Duncan McFetridge, Save Our Forests and Ranchlands
Renewable Energy
Micah Mitrosky, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569
Richard Miller, Sierra Club
Responsible Development
Graham Forbes, UNITE HERE Local 30
Cory Briggs, Briggs Law Corporation
The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO, represents 192,000 firefighters, teachers, nurses and other workers who are making the region a better place to live and work. For more information, visit
# # #

Here's a novel approach to green energy:

These politicians are morons. The warming is coming from those denser clusters of housing. Why do you think the warming is only increasing in the winter.
I had a good first eye view of it in Feb. I live on a dirt road. The road was snow covered, my front and back lawns were snow covered, even my upstairs deck was snow covered, Went into the housing developments, not a speck of snow anywhere.
Yes humans cause global warming, by warming their homes!

The once “Golden State” is facing city and state bankruptcies after years of progressive government-growing environmental and union influences. California’s gratuitous green initiatives and elite public employee labor unions have left Los Angeles and California state governments with current budget deficits of about 20%. Last year’s economic recession has also reduced their tax receipts by about 15%, placing government solvencies on a deficit trajectory for years to come.

The City of Los Angeles owns and operates the second largest municipal utility in America, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP). DWP has unionized labor with lavish benefits -- these elite public employees have annual incomes that are 40% above comparable private workforce incomes. The Los Angeles City Council is the highest-paid municipal council in America, and with fifteen members, it is one of the largest progressive civic bodies in America, serving over 4 million people. In a recent attempt to save their political hides, the City Council rejected an unpopular DWP electricity rate increase that was required in order for DWP to meet Council-adopted “green power” goals. The DWP owes the City about $70 million in transfer payments. Ironically, City Mayor Villaraigosa has stepped in to ask DWP to make a transfer payment and roll back union costs. So far, the DWP has held up payments to force its rate hike request with the Council so its unions don’t get cut. All of this will surely end up in court. The costly progressive government green ideas, wasteful welfare handouts and elite union deals that attract democrat voters will now punish those voters with layoffs, service cuts, higher utility rates and surely additional taxes to cover ongoing deficits. The blame and disgrace lies with progressive City government officials for punishing their voters with higher taxes and reduced service, all due to silly green initiatives and big labor payouts.

The State of California finds itself in a similar fiscal bind from progressive environmental and union lobbying. Californians naively approved the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32) that mandates 2012 reductions of greenhouse gases through carbon taxes, alternative fuels and renewable replacements. All new climate laws increase the unit production costs and corresponding consumer prices of goods and services. A study by the Governor's Small Business Advocate reports that small businesses pay more than $134,000 each in annual California regulatory costs. Estimates are that the total cost of California regulations is about $493 billion annually – the equivalent of 3.8 million jobs. Additionally, California State public employee unions have grown in size and compensations far beyond other states’ employees. California State pensions total about one-half trillion dollars in obligations to present and retired state employees.

The Obama Administration, and America at large, should look at Los Angeles’ and California’s fall toward bankruptcy as a contemporary and vivid example of the fiscal damage that can be inflicted upon democrat voters and other Americans when militant environmentalism and elite unions dominate progressive governments – the least able among us will suffer first and longest.

Fraudulent claims, using faked "Hockey Sticks", openly and aggressively violating Freedom of Information requests and conspiring to squash dissenting views by corrupting the peer review process, that's the type of work that some climate scientists have done to mislead the public about the causes and affects of our ever changing climate. On top of all that comes the admission by Dr. Jones that his tricked up temperature databases can’t be reproduced because he didn’t keep the notes of how he did the manipulations.

And the warmists call this irrefutable science.

Well, here is some real irrefutable science.

The overwhelming paleoclimate evidence from around the globe is that the Medieval Warm Period (MWP) was synchronous, world wide and much warmer than today.

However, the MWP deniers will never admit the existence of the MWP because it means that their religious-like belief in AGW is exposed for the steaming pile of junk science that it truly is.

In total, climate change is complex and not well understood.

But this part is simple.

If the world was warmer when CO2 levels were lower, CO2 cannot be the earth's temperature regulator.

A thousand years ago, the Earth was warmer than it is today; before the social and industrial advances that have made modern people the healthiest and most prosperous in history. MWP deniers want us to believe that plant friendly and life giving CO2 is a bad thing to better advance their meglomanical desire to both boss around the developed world and further impoverish the poor while pocketing a lot of taxpayer money along the way.

Taxing carbon is not the answer to the ever changing climate.There is only one answer to changes in climate that has ever worked for humanity.

That is adaptation.

One of the many links to the overwhelming Paleoclimate evidence of the global nature of the MWP is below.

That huge sucking noise you hear is the sound made by the remainder of any high energy use manufacurng or industrial company (and their high paying jobs)leaving the State.

NO on AB 2289 Eng unless amended


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