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Setting the Record Straight (Again): Small Business Not Harmed by AB 32
By Susan Frank, Director, California Business Alliance for a Green Economy
I do my best to avoid responding directly to groundless attacks on California's clean energy and climate law (AB 32), but this latest incident demands some truth-telling. John Kabateck of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) makes claims in a Fox and Hounds op-ed that are consistent with the dirty energy and old manufacturing industry arguments against AB 32, and which belie logic and fact.
He repeatedly claims that small businesses are being harmed by AB 32 provisions, including falsely suggesting that small business owners will need "to bid significant amounts of money for 'carbon emission credits' in order to keep operating." In fact, small businesses are not required to bid on credits at all as the cap and trade auctions only applies to the state's biggest emitters - a small fraction of the businesses that operate in California.
Furthermore, research shows that AB 32 will not have a significant impact on small business and that there are tremendous opportunities for small businesses - the very drivers of California's rebounding economy - under the law.
Read the full blogpost here.
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High Oil Prices Pump Up Concerns
July 29, 2013
Summer is under way, with its barbecues, parades, beach trips - and higher gas prices. And Angeleenos recently found themselves paying a dizzying 11 cents more for every gallon - in an area that already ranks among the top five in the nation for high gas prices.
As a business owner who operates an all-natural gas fleet, we will avoid the fluctuations of summer gas prices, but our customers will feel the impacts... To be sure, gas prices rise and fall for many reasons, but one dangerous constant is that here in California, in particular, large oil companies are increasingly consolidated, reducing competition and generating concerns that consumers have ever-fewer defenses.
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Report: Reducing Carbon Emissions and Increasing US Manufacturing Can Go Hand In Hand
by Jeff Spross
July 10, 2013
A new report by the Center for American Progress suggests that a conflict between industrial growth and lowering carbon emissions is not inevitable -- we can, in fact, combat global warming and boost manufacturing at the same time.
First off, the paper notes several hopeful signs: U.S. labor productivity is going up, rising wages in other countries such as China are making foreign labor more expensive and thus less attractive to firms, and trends in business and supply chains are beginning to favor manufacturing sites that are in close physical proximity to research and development sites -- and the U.S. still has plenty of the latter.
Manufacturing also has a high multiplier effect, meaning every dollar spent on manufacturing encourages $1.35 in activity elsewhere in the economy. Similarly, every job created in manufacturing indirectly helps to create anywhere from 5 to 10 other jobs, depending on the sector.
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