The California Air Resources Board seems to be on everyone’s
list of what not to do in state government. Charged with
implementing AB 32, the California’s Global Warming Solutions Act
of 2006, CARB is under increasing scrutiny for operating as a rogue
agency, appearing to be accountable to no one.
All attempts to reel in the agency have failed, including
another attempt to audit its operations and finances–thanks to
Democratic legislators who clearly are getting marching orders from
Assembly and Senate leaders.
A Joint Legislative Audit Committee hearing on Wednesday brought
CARB close to accountability with the threat of the six-month state
audit. But the committee chairman, Assemblyman Ricardo Lara, D-Bell
Gardens, surprised everyone when he nixed the plan after having
made the pretense that he was on board.
CARB and AB 32
In 2006, the Legislature promised that AB 32 would help clean
the environment while still protecting the economy. Supportive
legislators promised that utility and gasoline costs would not
increase with the implementation of the climate change law.
The opposite has happened, and businesses are now… Read More