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western climate initiative; prohibition

Our Position: oppose
Bill Number: HB2467
Sponsor: Biggs
Legislative Session: 2009 Legislative Session

HB2467 prohibits the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality from participating in the Western Climate Initiative (WCI).  The WCI was formed in February 2007 by Governor Napolitano and the governors of California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.  The purpose of the WCI is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through regional strategies that address climate change.

Governor Brewer has expressed concerns about this bill and has indicated that we should stay in the WCI  -- at least for now.

There is also another bill, SB1147, that is even worse relative to greenhouse gas emissions as it coudl undercut the Clean Car Standard.

Status

To read a copy of the bill, see a more detailed status, and read the House staff summary, click on HB2467.  I think they may just let this one go as the Governor has expressed opposition to it and Steve Owens is no longer director of ADEQ.

Action Needed

To email your House Members or find their direct phone numbers, click on Arizona House.  If you are not sure who your legislators are, click on Vote Smart  or call the House information desk.  If you're outside the Phoenix area, you can call your legislators’ offices toll free at 1-800-352-8404.  In the Phoenix area call (602) 926-4221 (House) and ask them to connect you with your legislators.

Contact

Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or sandy.bahr@sierraclub.org

Background

Our economy is suffering, energy prices are high, and we hear more every day about the negative effects of global climate change that are already happening.  We know that the science shows that urgent action is required; we have the affordable technology we need to act today; and now all we need is the political will to do so. Acting now will help solve the energy and economic problems of today and preserve our planet for the generations of tomorrow.

A strong plan will protect workers, create new jobs, help consumers bring energy costs back under control, and boost the economy by spurring investments in 21st century clean energy technologies, using funds from companies that caused the problem.

Arizona should continue to participate in the Western Climate Initiative and work to pursue the cleanest, safest, fastest, and cheapest emissions reductions first. Revenue raised by auctioning emissions permits should be invested in the highest-value solutions for emissions reductions first. Increasing energy efficiency in homes, commercial buildings and vehicles is the fastest, cleanest, cheapest and safest way to reduce our energy use, our energy bills, and America’s greenhouse gas emissions. Clean, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind should be deployed to meet our remaining energy needs. Energy efficiency and renewable energy projects also have the potential of generating hundreds of thousands of jobs, particularly in regions suffering from recent losses in the manufacturing sector.

Arizona must be part of the solution and should keep a seat at the table.

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