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Video: Cap and Trade Program, "Are You Kidding Me!"

Assemblyman Brian Jones continues with his "Are You Kidding Me!" video series, explaining the frustrations of Sacramento to his constituents.

The office of Santee's State  (R-77) recently began filming and releasing one-minute online videos of the representative speaking about specific topics dealt with (or not) in Sacramento that drive him crazy.

In this video, Assemblyman Jones talks about a greenhouse gas cap and trade program implemented by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) that he says will drive more businesses out of the state and add to the list of reasons that "California is the worst state to do business in."

"The program will be economic and environmental disaster," said Jones in the video.

A Sacramento Bee article published after Jones' video said that CARB is considering giving a "hardship break" to many companies by adding carbon credits to the system, read more here.

The CARB website explains the program:

"The AB 32 Scoping Plan identifies a cap-and-trade program as one of the strategies California will employ to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that cause climate change. This program will help put California on the path to meet its goal of reducing GHG emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020, and ultimately achieving an 80% reduction from 1990 levels by 2050. Under cap-and-trade, an overall limit on GHG emissions from capped sectors will be established by the cap-and-trade program and facilities subject to the cap will be able to trade permits (allowances) to emit GHGs."

Click here to see other videos by Jones and check back to Patch for future videos.

Komfort August 15, 2012 at 01:56 PM
"Greenhouse gases were rated based on their power to warm the atmosphere. The more dangerous the gas, the more that manufacturers in developing nations would be compensated as they reduced their emissions. But where the United Nations envisioned environmental reform, some manufacturers of gases used in air-conditioning and refrigeration saw a lucrative business opportunity. They quickly figured out that they could earn one carbon credit by eliminating one ton of carbon dioxide, but could earn more than 11,000 credits by simply destroying a ton of an obscure waste gas normally released in the manufacturing of a widely used coolant gas. That is because that byproduct has a huge global warming effect. The credits could be sold on international markets, earning tens of millions of dollars a year. That incentive has driven plants in the developing world not only to increase production of the coolant gas but also to keep it high —a huge problem because the coolant itself contributes to global warming and depletes the ozone layer. That coolant gas is being phased out under a global treaty, but the effort has been a struggle." http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/09/world/asia/incentive-to-slow-climate-change-drives-output-of-harmful-gases.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all Brilliant!
Katheryn October 01, 2012 at 03:38 PM
We wish Brian Jones would get all his pals in Sacramento to look into why Gov. Brown and Attorney General Harris aren't doing anything to stop this? Please click on the You Tube Link below and then watch the You Tube Video in the story. If you are as angry as many of us are then please add this video to your Facebook, we need to get the word out to the world. http://temecula.patch.com/articles/citizen-reader-shares-mining-sounds
PwmCwzy October 01, 2012 at 04:04 PM
So you don't believe GreenHouseGas (GHG) emissions cause global warming? I would rather help than be part of the problem. If businesses that pollute and refuse to spend monies on research and development of new non-polluting processes move to another state, then let them go. We are all stewards of this earth and need to take responsibility for our actions that could be harmful. If greedy businesses decide to continue polluting to make a bigger profit, I say we don't need that kind in California.
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