Supervisor Benoit Calls For Relief From AB 32’s Job-Killing Regulations
RIVERSIDE – At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit called upon his colleagues to review the impact of California’s global warming legislation (AB 32) on Riverside County’s economy and draft a letter to Governor Schwarzenegger requesting its repeal and/or suspension. The Board decided to assess the impacts on Riverside County’s economy and revisit the issue on February 9. Yesterday, the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District, which Supervisor Benoit now serves on, agreed to send a letter to the same effect.
“I have always been supportive of renewable energy technologies and strongly believe the innovation by our own entrepreneurs will lead the way into new jobs and greater energy efficiency standards,” said Fourth District Supervisor John J. Benoit. “However, the overwhelmingly negative impact AB 32 already poses to our industries and our economic future will make us the greenest Third World economy in the world. I hope my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors will join the growing chorus in favor of suspending these regulations.”
In 2006, then-Assemblyman Benoit voted against AB 32, which tasked the Air Resources Board with drafting regulations to cut California’s greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The legislation presents the Governor the ability to invoke a safety valve and suspend the emissions caps for up to one year in the case of an emergency or significant economic harm.
Supervisor John J. Benoit represents the Fourth District on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Stretching from the Palm Springs area south to the Salton Sea and east to the Colorado River, it is the largest geographical district in the county.
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