To Say California’s AB32 Kills Jobs Is ‘Bunk!’

Ed Note: We’re reposting Bill Roth’s earlier interview with Marin Energy Anuthority Chair Charles McGlashan because of it’s relevance to the ongling ballot initiative Proposition 23. It was originally posted August 4th.

AB32 is California’s pioneering legislation signed by the governor in 2006 that caps greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. I am proud to have served as a corporate sponsor of this legislation. I did so based upon my professional economic analysis that cleantech offered a path for America to win new jobs that would grow our economy.

Today, a gubernatorial candidate and November ballot referendum prop 23 are contesting AB32 as a “job killer,” while environmentalists, business leaders and publications like ours write post after post describing the economic benefits associated with global warming mitigation.

“Total Bunk” is the description Charles McGlashan has for the entire argument that going green somehow costs America jobs. He can be so forthright because he has pioneered job creation in his county by leading the effort in growing local renewable energy supplies and by supporting local economic development through a sustainable transportation system.

McGlashan is Chairperson of Marin Energy Authority and a county supervisor for Marin County. Part one of my interview with McGlashan is available here. In part two, below, we see how the Marin Energy Authority is creating local jobs by offering renewable energy at prices lower than utility-sourced electricity. The environmental result achieved through the creation of this lower priced renewable energy supply represents a 13% reduction in the entire county’s CO2 emissions, beginning in 2011. Marin County has also launch a “SMART” biodiesel-based rail system with a bike path that will integrate into the San Francisco Bay transportation network, enabling new economic development in Marin County communities now trapped by highway congestion.

Small to mid-sized businesses employ half of Americans and are a key to job creation, a fact that seems lost in the funding of Federal TARP and stimulus packages. And it has been local business/community leaders like McGlashan who have traditionally supplied the vision and the ability to create the utilities, roads and other infrastructure needed to enable economic development. What Marin Energy Authority and SMART provide is proof that the innovation needed to address our environmental and wellness issues will also create jobs and local economic development. “Buy Local, Buy Green” is emerging as America’s highest potential path for restoration of our jobs, economy and environment.


Bill Roth is the founder of Earth 2017 and author of The Secret Green Sauce that profiles best practices of actual companies growing green revenues.

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13 responses

  1. Great information and I tend to agree, but I wonder if we can get some more specifics? These Prop 23 clowns are really powerful and have already succeeded in changing the name of the ballot initiative to suit them:

    It's going to be really hard to keep AB32 in the face of this insanity…. I'd love to see more stories about specific businesses benefiting from AB32!

  2. @Dave: I recently joined a company based in Irvine California that could greatly benefit from AB32. Our main subsidiary (CTC Cable) produces the highest efficiency transmission conductor available on the market today – at a price that becoming more and more competitive with industry standard conductors that use 100-year-old technology. Our conductor reduces conductor transmission losses by 40%, significanly reducing green house gas emissions (through avoided generation) and increasing power throughput for renewable generation sources (like solar and wind). As such, AB32 goes a long way in helping us get our product adopted within our home state – creating jobs in infrastructure contracting, management and design as well as at our own manufacturing plant in Irvine. With a foothold in California it will be easier for us to promote our conductor throughout the world… hopefully bringing more business (and jobs) to our CA headquarters.

  3. The California Jobs Initiative (CJI) is an oil corporation farce and fraud. There is no connection, whatsoever, between greenhouse gas emission reduction and the loss of jobs. This notion is an insult to the intelligence of the people of California. In fact, there is job growth in the clean, renewable energy industry. Chevron employs 65,000 worldwide and CJI is not going to change this. The only jobs created by the oil industry are clean-up jobs after oil spills and deep water, blow-outs and pump-handler jobs. CJI will make fantastic profits for the oil industry, increase air pollution, especially in communities around their refineries, and there will not be lower gas prices.

  4. NO on AB2289Eng unless amended

    What percentage of clean piped cars would pass a Smog Check?

    What percentage of cars, not clean piped, would pass a Smog Check?

    What percentage of cars that fail a Smog Check and receive a pass after repairs would pass another Smog Check?

    What percentage of cars that fail a Smog Check are repaired by auto repair shop for $$ are not Smog Check licensed?

    Does DCA/BAR Chief Sherry Mehl audit Smog Checks to see if the fault of a failed car is repaired?

    What percentage of tampered Smog Checks are repaired using CAP funds?

    What percentage of cars repaired at CAP stations are repaired using CAP funds that do not fail a Smog Check?

    Arnold, BAR & CARB using AB 2289 Eng to cut green collar jobs?

    If an elected official would request a copy of the Sierra Research SR 2007-04-01 report and all communication about the report from CCEEB, CED, CARB, DCA/BAR, IMRC, Parsons, SGS Testcom & Sierra Research it might help improve performance of Smog Check…. “Sherry Mehl. The report has been modified since 2001. Continually”

  5. The key thing to keep in mind is that, according to CARB, the organization who wrote and will enforce AB32, AB 32 will do NOTHING to help global warming, will cost jobs and have a negative effect on the economy. This comes from the very people who drew it up!

    It amazes me that people would say that AB 32 does not cost jobs and the economy when CARB is saying it WILL!

    AB 32 does nothing for local pollution.

    Prop 23 leaves us with the toughest pollution laws in the country, among the toughest in the world. It will NOT increase local pollution

    If Proposition 23 is rejected, here is what will happen according to expert sources:

    •A 60 percent increase in your electricity bill according to the Southern California Public Power Authority.

    •An 8 percent increase in your natural gas bill according to CARB’s economic analysis.

    •$50,000 more for the price of a new home according to an analysis by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

    •$3.7 billion a year more for gasoline and diesel according to Sierra Research.

    •A $1,000-$3,000 additional cost for a new car according to CARB and automaker studies.

    On top of all that, a study conducted for the California Small Business Roundtable found that AB 32 regulations would cost small business alone nearly $200 billion, and would result in more than 1 million lost jobs.

    The more I learn about AB 32, the more I fear it. It just gets worse. Please vote yes on Prop23.

    “”2 Guys on the Bay Area Transportation Board told the CARB people, “If you try to do what you are going to do(AB 32) we’ll have gas at $9.07 a gallon and we have freeway tolls at up to $4,500 a year to drive during rush hour.”

    “Part of the plan is to stop suburban development, get people to stop driving, make driving too expensive for people to live out there, force them to live in high-rises, condos, in the city.”

    For months, John and Ken have made Prop 23 their top priority, calling it a necessary step to stop a law they say will kill jobs and cost Californians a fortune in higher gas and energy prices. With an estimated one million listeners per week, these two guys usually manage to rally enough votes to get their way.

    The video has John and Ken explaining why they think this bill is the most important measure on the ballot.

  6. I’m confused, that a graph of ethanol used in our gas and the price we pay for fuel
    sure paints an interesting picture.

    An op-ed from May 1, 2002 warned the legislation that is requiring ethanol might create
    an additional 10% increase in price.

    An internet search indicated California fuel ethanol use was very minor and with a
    pump price of about $1.37 per gallon of regular CA CARB fuel.

    Fed EPA told CARB’s board Chair to use 5.6% and the fuel price went up.

    More time passed and the Arnold crew went for 10% and the price goes up.

    We now are at 10% and considering 15% and the price has gone from about $1.37 to $3.50.

    The California Government regulators say we use about 14 billion gallons of fuel per year.

    So if the price has changed over $2.– in a decade the ethanol laced fuel price increase
    may be about $40 Billion per year. Is it time for Governor Brown to request a waiver from EPA?

    Does California use 1500 gallons of water to grow corn to produce 1 gallon of GMO
    corn fuel ethanol? Does California water providers check for ethanol in the
    supply water for public consumption? Should California request a waiver of the
    “Wallet Flushing” ethanol mandate so fuel ethanol ozone is in federal EPA

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