Gov. Brown signs landmark climate change laws that don’t offset any warming

Gov. Brown signs landmark climate change laws that don’t offset any warming.

Gov. Brown signs two landmark climate change laws that don’t even address climate change.

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law yesterday two new bills that require California to slash greenhouse-gas emissions to “40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030,” though it won’t offset warming in any measurable way. The new regulations, SB 32 and AB 197, would force emission cuts in all areas of work and recreation, from what you drive to what you eat.

They also give local air officials the ability to roll out new regulations while not spelling out what the rules would actually entail. One expert told the Sacramento Bee that if California stopped emitting all greenhouse gases tomorrow, it wouldn’t “change the global warming picture.”

Leading by example?

The new laws are about three times more zealous than 2006’s AB 32, which required bringing emissions to the same levels as 1990 by 2020. So far the state has become a test case that other governors are watching closely, just not following. Brown’s supporters say the new laws are an example of California being a political leader, a familiar refrain from President Obama after he ratified the Paris climate accord without the senate’s approval.

And while California has some of the country’s highest payroll and state taxes, it also has the toughest fuel regulations in the country. Plus many of the targets listed in the new laws rely on technology not widely available, such as affordable vehicles with zero emissions.

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    DonG

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    To paraphrase Marie Antoinette*, “Let them buy Teslas.” Texas should prepare for more California middle-class refugees.

    *-disputed attribution

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    Amber

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    Don’t you love the chicken politicians that sign off on expire long after they will .
    Too much acid in the 60’s .
    Dong you are right Texas best State saleman Gerry Brown of California hands down .
    Maybe they want to run everyone off for when that big climate change shaker drops
    California into the ocean .
    How’s the California Debt Gerry Brown ? Think you can cut that by 40 % by 2030 ? Or will that be increase it by 40% . Real problems are just a little too tough but pretending to save the earth is just too self righteous and unaccountable to resist .
    At least no one in California should freeze because of the stupidity .

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    JayPee

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    Failed Jesuit seminary flunk out insists on displaying his lack of intellectual capacity continually. I hereby nominate him for the Joe Biden Asshole of the Year Award.

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    Amber

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    Jaypee , Motion seconded . Way better places to have a business than California , at least ones that make something.

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