By Jim Nielsen : sfchronicle – excerpt
The California Legislature’s most contentious bill of the year, SB32, which attempts to establish far-reaching reductions in greenhouse emissions, is in the final stages of the legislative process. It miraculously moved out of a committee meant to hold the line on state spending with very little scrutiny or transparency.
Creating cleaner air is a noble cause. We all want clean air for our children, grandchildren and ourselves.
At issue is the blank check authority that SB32 hands over to faceless, unelected state bureaucrats at the California Air Resources Board. The board has repeatedly failed to produce basic performance reviews of its climate change programs.
The board’s self-proclaimed achievement has been so fuzzy that a bipartisan group of legislators has called for a state audit of its programs. Republican and Democratic lawmakers want to better understand what, if any, emission reductions the programs are achieving. Repeatedly, the board has failed to provide basic information to the Legislature. The audit request has stalled and will not be approved before this legislative session terminates at the end of the month.
No reasonable lawmaker will deny that the very fundamentals of good policy-making require evaluations of whether a program is working, based on sound criteria. When we see where a policy or program is failing or has not met expectations, we need to come to an agreed upon solution before expanding or renewing the program… (more)
The citizens of California deserve to see all the facts laid out in plain English. When this doesn’t happen, the legislature should NOT approve taking action on this measure. Clearly this is a controversial bill that needs a lot of public comment and debate. Sneaking highly controversial language into trailing legislation and last minute bills is dishonest and should also be brought to the attention of the voting public.
If it is a good idea, why are they hiding it from public debate?