AB-32 Mission Creep – Now Smog Reduction is a Goal.

The Air Resources Board has released a draft scoping plan that describes the approach California will take to reduce greenhouse gases. The goal is to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, according to the Press Release announcing the update, my emphasis added:

 Updated AB 32 Scoping Plan Builds on California’s Framework for Climate Action

 Proposed update indicates California is on track to achieve 2020 limit and sets stage for long-term reductions

SACRAMENTO – The Air Resources Board today released the proposed update to the AB 32 Scoping Plan. The Scoping Plan guides development and implementation of California’s groundbreaking greenhouse gas emission reduction programs. The Air Resources Board is required to update the Scoping Plan every five years.

“The 2013 Scoping Plan update lays out the remaining steps to the 2020 limits set by AB 32. It moves the process forward with an approach which cuts across economic sectors to combine greenhouse gas reductions with reductions of smog-causing pollutants,” said Air Resources Board Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “It also describes the need to extend key reduction programs now underway. The 2013 update lays the scientific and technological foundation to ensure sustainable midterm and long-term emission reductions as well as public health and economic goals.”

To achieve these goals California will need to continue building on the AB 32 framework over the coming decades. The update also lays out a set of new actions that will move the state farther along the path to a low-carbon, sustainable future.  Some of the actions are near-term, while others are focused on longer-term efforts that will provide major benefits well into the future.

Every major economic sector in the state must play an increasing role in this cross-cutting effort to reduce greenhouse gases and smog. Success will require the creation of new policies in some sectors, and expanding and refining existing policies in others.

The update identifies eight key sectors for ongoing action:

  • Energy
  • Transportation, fuels, land use and infrastructure
  • Agriculture
  • Water
  • Waste management
  • Natural lands
  • Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (such as methane and black carbon)
  • Green Buildings

The 2013 update incorporates the latest scientific consensus which indicates the need for accelerated emissions reductions in the coming decades to achieve climate stabilization. This update calls for a midterm statewide greenhouse gas reduction target, and specific reduction targets for each of the key sectors to guide California’s path toward an 80 percent reduction by 2050.

The 2013 Scoping Plan update includes input from a range of key state agencies. It is also the result of extensive public and stakeholder processes designed to ensure that California’s greenhouse gas and pollution reduction efforts continue to improve public health and drive development of a more sustainable economy.

I will be examining all 147 pages and give my analysis based on the latest real world science available today.  In mean time let me comment on the Press Release. The emphasis in the Press Release are my highlights to the stupidity from CARB.

Smog causing pollutants:  Download AB-32 and search for the words smog or ozone. They are not included at one of the purpose of AB-32 was to remove greenhouse gases, and I quote from AB-32 text:

 Greenhouse gas” or “greenhouse gases” includes all of the following gases: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexaflouride.\

Pollution Reduction:   “Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (such as methane and black carbon)”  While methane is mentioned in AB-32,  black carbon is not mentioned.  Use the Adobe reader to search for terms in ab_32_bill_20060927_chaptered

Scientific consensus:  “The 2013 update incorporates the latest scientific consensus”  There is no scientific consensus that CO2 is responsible for global warming and that reducing CO2 has any significant impact on the climate. Consensus is not a scientific term, it is a political term.  CO2 levels have continued to increase while global temperatures are flat or declining slightly.

co2 and temp correlation

I will be digging in the draft scoping plan and reporting my findings on this blog page, as AB-32 has a significant impact on the local economy. Stay Tuned!

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About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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