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STATEWIDE PUBLIC HEARINGS: CA’s Global Warming Legislation, AB32 (July 14, Fresno; July 17 Sacramento; Aug. 8 San Jose; Aug. 15 San Deigo)

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From the UC Berkeley Labor Center

Dear friend of the Labor Center,

We’re writing because you’ve let us know that you’re interested in the topics of climate change and green jobs. A lot has been happening in this area in the last few months, so we wanted to give you an update.

The most important development is that the California Air Resources Board released its draft implementation plan for AB 32, the state’s landmark global warming legislation. The draft implementation plan (called a “scoping plan”) lists the many regulations and other measures the state is considering implementing in its efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

The AB 32 draft scoping plan proposes measures that could impact workers in numerous economic sectors, including energy, construction, transportation, and industry, among others. It also proposes that the state implement a “cap and trade” system, which is a market mechanism that allows the buying and selling of carbon allowances – allowances that give a firm the right to emit carbon into the atmosphere – by the private sector.

It’s important that the Air Resources Board hear from labor unions, community groups and others about the proposed AB 32 implementation plan. Following are the dates of upcoming workshops during which people can make public comments on the AB 32 draft scoping plan. Comments can also be submitted until August 1, 2008 through the Air Resources website: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/scopingplan/spcomment.htm

Link for AB 32 draft scoping plan and executive summary

http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/scopingplan/document/draftscopingplan.htm

Dates and locations of draft scoping plan workshops

July 14, 2008, 9:30 AM – 4 PM

Public Workshop on Draft AB 32 Scoping Plan

Fresno City Hall, Fresno

July 17, 2008, 9:30 AM – 4 PM

Public Workshop on Draft AB 32 Scoping Plan

1001 I St. – Byron Sher Auditorium, Sacramento

August 8, 2008

Regional Workshops on the Draft AB 32 Scoping Plan

San Jose

Time and Location TBA

August 15, 2008

Regional Workshops on the Draft AB 32 Scoping Plan

San Diego

Time and Location TBA

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