California Global Warming Solutions Act – AB32

[Music]>>Narrator: In September 2006, Governor Schwarzenegger
signed AB32 – the California Global Warming Solutions
Act and California because the first state in
the nation to implement a regulatory program to combat climate change. The goal? To reduce California greenhouse
gas emissions back to 1990 levels by the year 2020. A roughly twenty-five percent reduction from
current emission levels. Not a small task for a big state, but already
within the first year, the California Air Resources Board, or ARB, has already identified forty-four early actions
to reduce greenhouse gases. This represents about twenty percent of the total emissions reductions needed to meet
the 2020 deadline. ARB has quickly set to work identifying nine,
fast-track early actions that will begin to reduce the troubling emissions. ARB will adopt regulations that will be enforceable
by January 1, 2010. The nine fast-track actions will reduce carbon
dioxide, or CO2 emissions and they will target even more potent greenhouse
gases. Here are a few early actions that ARB staff
are working on: ARB will set standards to reduce emissions
of hydrofluorocarbons used in propellant spray used in common consumer
products. This includes electronics cleaning and dust
removal products and tire inflators. ARB estimates this will reduce greenhouse
gas emissions equal to an equivalent of zero-point-three
million tons of CO2 per year. ARB will establish standards to reduce emissions
of perfluorocarbons, or PFCs, used in the semi-conductor industry. This action should reduce greenhouse gas emissions
equal to zero-point-five million tons of CO2 per year. The use of sulfur hexafluoride, or SF6, will be banned for use in nonessential applications if viable alternatives are available. SF6 is typically used in the casting of aluminum
and magnesium. Greenhouse gases escaping from do-it-yourself automobile air conditioning maintenance will
be reduced in another action taken by the Board. ARB estimates this measure will reduce emissions by one to two million tons of CO2 equivalent
per year. Methane, a potent greenhouse gas escaping
from landfills, will be reduced by requiring state-of-the-art
capture technology. This will reduce emissions by two to four
million tons per year. Other early actions will reduce greenhouse
gas emissions by reducing energy in carbon fuel use. The Board approved a low carbon fuel standard, where the carbon intensity of California fuels
is reduced. This will reduce CO2 equivalent emissions by ten to twenty million tons per year. ARB has identified three other actions that
be taken in short order. Regulations will order existing trucks and
trailers to be retrofitted with devices to reduce aerodynamic
drag. Smartway truck efficiency will save fuel,
resulting in fewer exhaust gases being emitted. ARB estimates this action alone will reduce
CO2 equivalent gas emissions by one-point-two millions tons
per year. Auto technicians will be require to check and properly inflate tires as part of the
overall service. Properly inflated tires reduce fuel use, and thereby reduce exhaust gas emissions. Zero-point-two million tons of CO2 equivalent
will be eliminated. Lastly, measures will be taken to allow docked
ships to shut off their polluting auxillary engines and plug into dock-side electrical outlets,
called “green ports”. This will get rid of zero-point-five million
tons per year of CO2 equivalnet greenhouse gas emissions. This measure also has the added health benefit of reducing diesel particle emissions – an
area of concern. Though each of these actions is a small step
on itself, when taken altogether these early actions
will eliminate emissions that are the equivalent of removing three-point-five
million cars from California’s roadways each year. In partnership will local air districts, communities
and industry, the Air Resources Board continues to create
cutting-edge strategies to fight California air pollution and global
climate change.

Comments 3

  • Hello, may I use this video or parts thereof as a video presentation, as long as I credit the authors?

  • My back of the envelope calculation shows that the drought demand to kill all our plants in major state cities will reduce CO2 capture by 20%. So AB32 achieves nothing. My demand letter is to cut water use by 90%. That means, kill all my plants while the state does not pay for the economic loss. The downside is that there are two side to the equation. Reduce CO2 emissions or have CO2 capture. Only plants achieve CO2 capture, which the state has ordered us to destroy on a massive scale never seen before in state history.

  • There is no graph is our world today of CO2 versus any data set of global mean temperature, directly compared. The reason is that if you do this, you can do a least squares fit to a line and goodness of fit. This correlation coefficient is about 0.34 for the temperature data sets, which is random noise. So there is actually no statistically significant correlation of CO2 to global mean temperature in the science record.

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