SACRAMENTO – Senate Republicans voted against a series of bills today that are part of the California Climate Change legislative package calling them “coastal elitism at its worst” while killing thousands of blue collar jobs in the Golden State. The Climate Change legislative package is sponsored by California Senate Democrats and contains 12 bills. Out of the dozen bills, Senate Republicans spoke passionately against Senate Bill 350 (de Leon-D) and Senate Bill 32 (Pavley-D) citing the impact on consumers, jobs, and the economy. SB 350 and SB 32 did not receive bipartisan support.
SB 350 (de Leon-D and Leno-D)
SB 350, known as the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015, would require the California Air Resources Board to reduce petroleum use in cars and trucks by 50 percent by 2030. SB 350 passed by 24-14.
“Why do we in California want to take on a very noble goal of balancing greenhouse gases, but those gases don’t end at California’s border? When we stop burning coal for fuel, it doesn’t stop Arizona or other states from doing it. We have a lofty and noble goal. But other than feeling good about it, what does it accomplish?” said Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-San Dimas).
Senate Republican Leader-elect Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) cites the impact of loss jobs.
“We are going to lose more jobs. We had solar and wind energy jobs as well as gas and oil. In our county, we are basically suffering a net deficit of jobs based on these policies,” said Senator Fuller.
Senator Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) serves on the Environmental Quality Committee. Senator Bates says the Air Resources Control Board, an unelected agency, is currently implementing AB 32 and costing consumers and businesses billions of dollars.
“That bill has resulted in 10 cent per gallon costs added to gasoline as a result of putting gasoline production under cap and trade,” said Senator Bates. “According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, this is costing Californians $3 billion over two years. That does not help business, business production, job opportunities, or job creation. As Members of the Legislature, we should not give up our authority or our oversight to an unelected body.”
SB 32 (Pavley-D)
SB 32, known as the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: emissions limit, would extend Assembly Bill 32. Passed in 2006, AB 32 was considered California's landmark climate law. SB 32 would extend the current law which set the goal of reducing the state’s carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Today, SB 32 passed by 22-15 with two Senate Democrats voting against it.
Senator Jeff Stone (R-Temecula) serves as Vice-Chair of the Natural Resources Committee and agreed that SB 32 is a job killer.
“The California Chamber of Commerce, representing businesses from Chico down to Calexico, has dubbed SB 32 as another job killer for California. I’m sure the Governors of South Carolina, Nevada, Texas, are watching today as they see more businesses ready to cross the border with a red carpet into their communities,” said Senator Stone.
All this week, the California Senate is meeting to hear and vote on bills that will need to leave the Senate and be sent to the California Assembly due to the house of origin deadline on June 5.