Ex-Governors: California Emissions Law May Kill Jobs

SACRAMENTO (CBS) — Former California governors Gray Davis, Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian have joined a group of business leaders in warning regulators that the fight against climate change may worsen the state’s fragile economic condition.

AB 32 sets a goal of reducing California’s greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, with an ultimate goal of an additional 80 percent reduction by 2050.

But with the state already facing the third-highest unemployment rate in the U.S. at 12.4 percent, the members of the Southern California Leadership Council (SCLC) say the potential impact of new AB 32 regulation could be devastating for the prospects of any economic recovery, particularly for sectors like manufacturing and wholesale trade.

Lee Harrington, executive director of the Southern California Leadership Council, joins KFWB’s Michael Shappee

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  • Pajama

    3 past governors
    Wimp, racist and corporate lackey

  • Bob Saget


  • wobbles

    The liberals in Sacramento won’t be happy until they’ve saved the world by getting us all off the road because none of us have jobs or can afford a car anymore.

  • Terrry K

    You DO realize it’s the Republicans that ship jobs overseas, right? If you’re out of job, thank a Republican.

    • Not a Moron

      Thank you, Terrry K, for stating the truth. Fiorina outsourced thousands of jobs to India, while laying off thousands of Americans who had worked for HP for years (and just think of what those unemployment claims cost their states!). Not satisfied with her million$, Carly now wants to steer California politics? No thanks.

    • Survivor

      Ya, they shipped jobs out of California because the LIBERALS are KILLING the economy. No business comes to California, they all leave. Liberals are killing California. Believe it or continue to watch California die.

    • Cheryl

      Actually it’s rich people and corporations that ship jobs overseas. If you think Democrats don’t do it, you’re sadly mistaken.

  • Not a Wimp

    Here it is, a day after the election and Brown and Boxer are poised to continue the destruction of California’s economy. When we are worse off 4 years from now, remember who you voted for. The rest of us will condemn you.

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