AB 32’s Benefits Appear Slight When It Comes to Job Growth

A quick look at the “Updated Economic Analysis of California’s Climate Change Scoping Plan” prepared by the Air Resources Board says that Ab 32, the state’s landmark greenhouse gas emissions reduction law, will add 10,000 jobs over the next decade.

The initial economic assessment in the original 2009 scoping plan predicted AB 32 would add 120,000 jobs by 2020.

In a chart on Page 6 of the update’s executive summary it says that labor demand in 2020 will be 18.42 million with AB 32 rather than 18.41 million.

Employment figures kept by the federal government say roughly 16 million Californians are employed.

Ten thousand jobs represents .000625 percent of California’s current workforce.

Using the air board’s 2020 estimate of 18.42 million workers, 10,000 jobs is .000542 percent.


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  1. AB 32 was never a jobs bill — it was legislation to clean up our air and make sure we dont have to rely on Iran and Iraq for their oil to keep our economy humming.

    What the study did point out was that the end-of-the-free-world b.s. from Valero and the CMTA is just that.

    You might have walked over to the Convention Center last week when 350 GROWING companies attracted 6,000 attendees to see hundreds of new efficient products and technologies.

    Comment by Steven Maviglio — 3.26.2010 @ 1:36 pm

  2. Well it must not be the end of the world then because Maviglio the BS expert has said so. The fact is that the global warming hoax bill will destroy real energy sector jobs that exist today and promises to deliver 1000 “green” jobs a year for the next decade. So far renewable manufacturing is happening largely overseas so the “green” jobs in California if they ever materialize are likely to be weatherizers insulating homes for energy efficiency, CARB bureaucrats and environmental flaks who will just move back into a state government job when his campaign goes down in flames.

    Comment by Normal — 3.26.2010 @ 4:53 pm

  3. Oh please, Steve. Even for someone as totally partisan as you’ve proven to be over the years, give it a break. The state has far more urgent issues than this.

    Comment by Curmudgeon46 — 3.26.2010 @ 5:24 pm

  4. I have looked at AB 32 and decided if it was introduced today, it wouldn’t pass. Or, as Yogi once said, “The future ain’t what it used to be!”

    As the economy so goes, so goes our commitment to reduce our share of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, which totals a whopping 1.5%. Since Arnie was on the cover of Time, AB 32 is sort of like marriage being a bank account. You put it in, you take it out, you lose interest.

    Just remember this: If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re going.

    Class dismissed.

    Comment by Professor Irwin Corey — 3.28.2010 @ 8:16 pm

  5. Glad to see the civility of comments here has reached the level of the Sacramento Bee’s.

    AB 32 would pass with flying colors again because legislators know that when 66 percent of Californians support it (PPIC), they ought to vote for it.

    Comment by Steven Maviglio — 3.29.2010 @ 3:22 pm

  6. If 66 percent is the level at which our solons should decide to vote for something, how come we got a health care “reform” when 66 percent are in opposition?

    And let’s not bring the Bee into this. They have enough problems.

    Comment by OldSpinDoc — 3.29.2010 @ 4:16 pm

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