Monday, June 22, 2009

Tell the California Air Resources Board: Make greenhouse gas polluters pay.

Dear Friend,

In 2006, the California Legislature passed the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), which is arguably the most comprehensive legislation in America designed to fight climate change. This legislation caps California's greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. On June 25, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will vote on a proposal to make polluters pay the state when they emit large amounts of greenhouse gases.

Under AB 32, CARB has the authority to adopt any regulation to help California meet its goals of curbing greenhouse gas emissions. The proposal, Cost of Implementation Fee Regulation, is expected to raise $51.2 million annually over the next three years. This fee would cover three different groups of emissions sources -- fuel combustion, refining and manufacturing process emissions -- that comprise approximately 85 percent of California's total greenhouse gas emissions.

With California in a budget crisis we cannot depend on the state to come up with enough funding to meet reduction targets. Polluters that emit large amounts of greenhouse gases must pay.

I just signed a petition to CARB Chair Mary Nichols and let her know you support making polluters pay for greenhouse gas emissions. Please have a look and take action.

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