SAN FRANCISCO (November 14, 2012) The following is a statement from David Foster, Executive Director of the BlueGreen Alliance, on the first cap-and-trade auction in California. The auctions were authorized by AB32 — the landmark clean energy job and climate change legislation passed and signed into law in 2006.
“The implementation of AB32’s cap-and-trade system is a huge leap forward as California continues its journey to lead America — and the world — in developing a cleaner energy future. Cap-and-trade programs, like the one California is implementing, are a common-sense approach to reducing carbon emissions and ensuring that those creating the pollution are paying to deal with it.
“Make no mistake; our climate is warming. Superstorms — like Hurricane Sandy — droughts, rising sea levels and extreme weather will only become more prevalent as our temperature warms and we must utilize innovative solutions to tackle climate change, including finding ways to increase our investments in clean energy. Clean energy holds the promise not just to reduce the emissions causing climate change, but also as a venue to create and sustain good jobs for California’s workers. Combined with the passage of Proposition 39 — which will close a tax loophole and use half of the dollars generated to jumpstart energy efficiency and clean energy projects around the state — the cap-and-trade auctions will provide a huge boost to the state’s efforts to ramp up renewable energy and energy efficiency.
“We wholeheartedly support this effort and hope that those in Congress will show similar leadership to that of California in reducing emissions and creating good jobs.”
The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together major U.S. labor unions and America's most influential environmental organizations and unites more than 15 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a green economy. Visit www.bluegreenalliance.org.