Proposition 23 would, for a time, halt California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, or Assembly Bill 32, including its cap-and-trade program and the state’s low-carbon fuel standard.
If voters approve the bill, also called the California Jobs Initiative, AB 32 measures would be delayed, including the port trucks requirement to meet increasingly strict emissions standards, starting last December and ending at the strictest level in 2012.
Another rule delayed would be truck hybridization, which requires existing trucks and trailers to be retrofitted with technology to reduce emission and improve fuel efficiency, starting this year.
A group of government officials and transportation, energy and forestry industry advocates, known as Yes on 23, says the proposition will save more than a million jobs that would be lost by sparing employers the costs of AB 32 compliance.
Conversely, the University of California’s law school at Berkeley reported the proposition would create legal uncertainty, reduce state revenue, and jeopardize clean energy jobs.
— Jill Dunn
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
OCT. 8-9: CHARLOTTE DIESEL SUPER SHOW, Charlotte, N.C., www.dieselsupershow.com, (888) 349-4287.
OCT. 16: SECOND ANNUAL CONVOY FOR A CURE USA, I-20, Exit 503, Terrell, Texas, www.convoyforacureusa.com, (903) 288-0374.
OCT. 16-17: GOLDEN STATE TRUCKING EXPO, Fairplex, Pomona, Calif., www.thetruckshowlatino.com.
OCT. 23-24: TRUCKIN’ FOR KIDS, Toyota Speedway, Irwindale, Calif., www.prideandpolish.com, click on Truckin’ For Kids.
NOV. 8-10: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMMERCIAL DRIVER HEALTH AND WELLNESS, Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, Baltimore, TRBmeetings@nas.edu.
NOV. 12-14: MECA SOUTH FLORIDA TRUCK SHOW, Medley, Fla., Eric Garcia, (305) 884-2028.
FEB. 4-5: MID-WEST TRUCK SHOW, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, Ill., www.midwesttruckers.com/truckshow.html