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Morning Splash: Giants On Verge, Global Warming Rules Proposed, Halloween Violence

| November 1, 2010
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  • Tonight, something may happen that has not occurred since 1954 and never in San Francisco: The Giants may win the World Series. Last night, Madison Bumgarner, the precociously cool 21-year old with the Dickensian name, threw eight shutout innings, leading the Giants to a 4-0 victory over the Rangers. Game 5 is today at 4:57 p.m. PT, in Arlington. The game will be shown on a big-screen Jumbotron in San Francisco’s Civic Center.
  • The California Air Resources Board has proposed rules to implement AB 32, the state’s landmark law that aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. From the San Jose Mercury News:

    Roughly 600 of California’s major polluters — from oil refineries to power plants and factories — will face mandatory limits on the amount of greenhouse gases they emit, starting on Jan. 1, 2012, under new rules released today by state air regulators.

    The facilities will be able to trade pollution credits under a new “cap and trade” market, and will be allowed to use projects that offset global warming, such as tree planting, to cover up to 8 percent of their emissions limits…

    If (the Board approves the rules), as expected, California will become the first state in the nation with mandatory limits on emissions from a wide variety of industries that most climate scientists say are contributing to global warming through the burning of fossil fuels like natural gas, coal and oil.

    The eleven-member air body is scheduled to vote on the rules Dec. 16. Of course, if Proposition 23 passes in Tuesday’s election, all bets are off. Proposition 23 would suspend the global warming reduction law until California’s unemployment rate is significantly reduced.

    Read Craig Miller’s Climate Watch blog post for an analysis of how the cap-and-trade aspect of the new rules would work.

  • On Halloween, a 16-year old boy was shot to death in East Oakland, a three-year-old girl was seriously injured in a Potrero Hill shooting in San Francisco, and nine people were shot just after midnight at a Halloween party at Sweet’s Ballroom, in downtown Oakland.
  • Carolyn Lochhead of the Chronicle reports that RealClear Politics, after switching the Boxer-Fiorina Senate race last week to “leans Democratic,” has now moved it back into the tossup category after a new poll from the Public Policy Institute puts Boxer up by only four points. As of Sunday, however, FiveThirtyEight polling guru Nate Silver gave Boxer a 95% chance of winning.
  • Google has taken a big bite out of the Apple, in terms of growth, at least. The research group Canalys said that Google’s Android shipped 9.1 million units in the third quarter compared to 5.5 million for the iPhone. Still, Apple managed to take the lead in smart-phone market share in the U.S.
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  • Earl Richards

    PROP 26 is just as destructive as PROP 23. Prop 26 is a treacherous, Big Oil rip-off, which “passes the buck” from oil corporation, clean-up fees to the taxpayer, who will pay the oil recycling fees, the materials hazards fees and other fees. If you do not understand the ambiguities and the intrigues behind Prop 26, then, vote no. Power to the people. Shell, Exxon Mobil and BP are silent partners behind Prop 26.

  • Wayne

    Points to ponder on AB 32:

    ° AB 32 is not a pollution law, it is a global warming law, but it won’t have any effect on global warming.

    ° CARB over-estimated diesel emmisions by 340%. What else have they over-estimated?

    ° Key CARB personnel caught lying about credentials and then failing to reveal this after it is discovered internally before AB 32 passed, until after AB 32 passed. What else are they lying about and with-holding?

    ° CARB has admitted that California alone cannot have an impact on reducing global warming and CO2 emissions.

    ° US EPA acknowledges that US action alone will not impact the world CO2 levels;

    ° US EPA (11 July 2010) said that bills in Congress will not reduce the total use of gas and oil of 20 million gallons per day for decades.

    ° LAO (CA Legislative Analyst Office) stated: CA economy at large will be adversely affected by implementation of climate-related policies that are not in place elsewhere. (Letter to Dan Logue, 13 May 2010)

    ° Even CARB’s own economic experts have recognized the fact that jobs will be lost because of AB 32. In fact, they recommend establishing a “Worker Transition Program” to provide assistance to people who lose their jobs because of AB 32 regulations.

    ° AB 32 does nothing for local pollution, nor does Proposition 23 do anything to increase local pollution.

    ° 5.5% unemployment for 4 consecutive quarters has occurred 7 times since 2005, 14 times since 1999, and 22 times since 1987. See for yourself, the data is right here;
    http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/?pageid=164

    When the loudest objections to any candidacy or initiative are focused on vilifying its financial backers, this often indicates that its opponents’ arguments on its merits are weak.

    The key thing to keep in mind is that, according to CARB, AB 32 will do NOTHING to help global warming, will cost jobs and have a negative effect on the economy. This comes from the very people who drew it up!

    AB 32 does nothing for local pollution.

    Prop 23 leaves us with the toughest pollution laws in the country, among the toughest in the world. It will NOT increase local pollution

    If Proposition 23 is rejected, here is what will happen according to expert sources:

    •A 60 percent increase in your electricity bill according to the Southern California Public Power Authority.

    •An 8 percent increase in your natural gas bill according to CARB’s economic analysis.

    •$50,000 more for the price of a new home according to an analysis by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

    •$3.7 billion a year more for gasoline and diesel according to Sierra Research.

    •A $1,000-$3,000 additional cost for a new car according to CARB and automaker studies.

    On top of all that, a study conducted for the California Small Business Roundtable found that AB 32 regulations would cost small business alone nearly $200 billion, and would result in more than 1 million lost jobs.

  • klem

    I think once the people of California begin to pay for those new cap&trade rules, we’ll see a change of attitude. It always comes down to the buck. Cheers!