AB 32 will impact everybody

Published: Monday, Jul. 21, 2014 - 11:07 am

Re "Utilities already regulated under cap and trade urge Brown to hold fast" (The Buzz, July 18): Utilities urge going forward immediately with carbon tax on motor fuels. Reason: the utility sector already shoulders the responsibilities and costs of reducing greenhouse gas.

Electric rates in California are set by the Public Utilities Commission to ensure that monopoly utilities are guaranteed a return. The PUC's tiered consumer rate structure soaks the rich.

A carbon tax on motor fuels will hit everybody in the pocket. It will be interesting to see how popular AB 32 will be when everyone is participating. Cap-and-trade at retail will not disadvantage one petroleum company relative to the others. It's an even playing field.

The broad manufacturing sector will, however, be significantly disadvantaged relative to competitors in other states and countries. Adios, high-paying jobs. Why not create an energy rebate system whereby California manufacturers purchases at the same rate as, e.g., Texas?

Can do for Elon Musk, but not for the rest of us.

-- John Hancock, Granite Bay

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