I’m asking you to pause for a moment and pay close attention. This is urgent.
We need all BizFed members to step up FAST. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is gearing up to hold its first public hearing tomorrow morning on its recently released 2022 Scoping Plan Update. In short, this draft plan is an aggressive roadmap to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It’s going to cut more than emissions; it threatens jobs in nearly every sector. And we’ve done the research to say with conviction that there are better ways to reach environmental goals that don’t threaten livelihoods and California’s economic edge.
We feel strongly that CARB policies should reflect input from all affected stakeholders – certainly from leaders of the most affected industries. This is your chance to step up and speak out for the good of ALL Californians. We will not stand for hastily crafted, one-size-fits-all environmental policies that fail to take energy reliability, infrastructure capacity, and economic impacts into consideration.
WHY IT MATTERS
BizFed leaders and partners have determined this draft plan includes a slew of radical recommendations that will hurt nearly every industry and community across California. With the help of the state’s most brilliant legal minds specializing in environmental policy, we’ve pinpointed the following four consequences that will directly result from implementation of the 2022 Scoping Plan Update in its current form.
- Development on 90% of California’s land will be eliminated.
- Land use authority will be stripped from local governments and handed to regional metropolitan planning organizations.
- Controversial “vehicle miles traveled” “VMT” rules will aggressively slash individual mobility by nearly one-third of current people and goods movement levels.
- The premature phase-out of renewable natural gas and petroleum will result in EVEN HIGHER COSTS for consumers.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The business community needs to come together with a strong voice telling CARB we are supportive of further reducing emissions, but not at the expense of good paying jobs, energy reliability, and the overall economy.
1. ADD YOUR LOGO. Our meticulously crafted coalition letter has 6 pages of text. How many pages can we fill with organization logos? Logos are due by 12 PM tomorrow!
2. SPEAK UP TOMORROW. Beginning at 9 AM tomorrow, June 23rd, CARB will hold their first Scoping Plan hearing to gather public feedback at the agency’s regular Board of Directors meeting. Join the meeting and let your voice be heard.
1. Register for the Zoom meeting by clicking here.
2. OR call in by dialing (669) 900-6833. The webinar ID is 810 9539 2467.
3. Have questions? Review the agency’s Remote Participation Guide.
In 2006, the Legislature passed the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), which required CARB to develop a Scoping Plan that will map out the approach California will take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The plan is updated every five years. In late May, CARB released their 2022 Scoping Plan Update. Our leaders have been combing through the document in committee meetings and working groups since its release. We gave you a heads up and broad overview in our May Energy Newsletter. We invite you to review the draft plan yourself.
We hope you will join us in this vital effort. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
Fighting for the future of California!
BizFed Founding CEO