Monday, June 30, 2008

Union of Concerned Scientists Urge Polluters Pay in AB 32 Policies

This is the model letter that hopefully many Californians will also sign.

Please go to the link below to take action.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger and Chairperson Nichols,

I'm writing to thank you for your leadership in creating a
far-reaching and visionary draft plan for reducing the pollution
that causes global warming in California. The draft plan is the
furthest step any state has taken to put the brakes on global

I especially would like to thank you for clearly recommending
that a third of our state's electricity come from clean,
renewable sources like solar and wind power. More renewable
energy enhances California's potential to lead the country in
new, clean energy jobs and technologies.

I want to make sure that the final plan is as strong as
possible, holding polluters fully accountable. In particular, I
encourage you to carefully limit the amount and types of
"offsets" that would be allowed. A strong plan will ensure that
polluters can't just buy their way into compliance with promises
of emissions reductions--promises that look good on paper but
often fail to come to pass in the real world. Reliance on too
many offsets is bad for business, bad for the economy, and bad
for the long-term health of our environment.

I also urge you to avoid rewarding big polluters with free
pollution permits. A strong plan will level the playing field by
requiring polluters to pay for the global warming pollution they

As you know, California's plan for cleaning up the pollution
that causes global warming will be a model for the rest of the
country and the world. Please make sure that there aren't any
delays in implementing the landmark AB 32 law and that the final
plan is strong and effective and holds polluters fully

Patrick Ferraro
San Jose, CA 95116

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