We love our forests in California. After a century of rapidly losing them to farming and logging, we finally succeeded in virtually ending deforestation in California. We were driven by our interest in the natural beauty, the wildlife, the sustainable timber supplies and the water-purifying functions of old-growth redwoods along the coast, the blue oaks growing across the Central Valley and the mixed pine forests of the Sierra. It was only possible because we had a clear vision of the importance of our forests and a successful strategy for protecting them.
When Californians passed AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, we committed to one of the most forward-thinking pieces of climate legislation in the country, with comprehensive strategies to reduce carbon emissions from nearly all sectors of the economy. Unfortunately, the California Air Resources Board is considering a move that will undermine the best intent of this law by linking it to a benign-sounding yet dubious and untried scheme to protect rain forests in Mexico and Brazil.
In response to The Bee's editorial ("Effort to muzzle SACOG could hurt entire region," April 27), we wanted to provide another perspective as elected officials.
Abuse of power may be a bipartisan affliction, but what a pathetic scene this White House makes. Whether the scandals now besetting President Barack Obama's administration scuttle his second-term agenda or merely delay his plans, the bigger question is what all of this tells us about the size, scope and underlying legitimacy of our government today.