Source: Western United Dairymen Weekly Update
The board of directors of Western United Dairymen (WUD) voted Friday to endorse Proposition 23, an initiative on the Nov. 2 ballot that will suspend California’s global warming bill known as AB32.
The measure, known as the California Jobs Initiative, suspends AB32 until California’s unemployment drops to 5.5% or less for four consecutive quarters. The measure requires the state to abandon implementation of the comprehensive greenhouse gas-reduction program.
The AB32 program includes requirements for increased renewable energy and cleaner fuel, and mandatory emission reporting and fees for major polluters such as power plants and oil refineries, until suspension ends. The measure’s author, Assemblyman Dan Logue (R-Chico), and Assemblyman Bill Berryhill (R-Ceres) made a personal appearance before WUD’s board at its monthly meeting and appealed for their support.
“If AB32 isn’t suspended, we will see a 60% hike across the board in energy costs,” said Logue. “California will lose over a million jobs if AB32 is fully implemented.”
He added that if California goes it alone on global warming, businesses will move out of the state because they cannot compete with other states that do not have similar costly global warming measures in place.
Berryhill also urged support for the measure. “It’s easy to be green when you have jobs and food on the table,” said Berryhill. “This area is really suffering from the recession and it’s time to suspend AB32 until the economy gets back on track.”
Logue touted a Los Angeles Times poll that showed the polling in a dead heat, with 40% favoring the initiative and 38% opposed. About one-fifth of likely voters had not yet taken a position. He said the campaign in its closing weeks would focus on “a grassroots effort to make sure the truth isn’t being filtered” to voters.
WUD is a trade organization based in Modesto, Calif. Its membership represents about 60% of California's milk production.