(Victorville)—The Governing Board of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District today
reaffirmed a resolution requesting a suspension or revision of AB 32 – the Global Warming
Solutions Act of 2006 – which it originally adopted and forwarded to the Governor in 2010.
The resolution – which was brought to the local regulatory air agency’s Board by MDAQMD
Board Member and City of Victorville Councilman Mike Rothschild – was accompanied by a
letter from District Governing Board Chair and San Bernardino County First District Supervisor
Brad Mitzelfelt, which outlined the MDAQMD Board’s ongoing concerns with AB32’s
“To date, there continues to be a failure to consider potential regulatory conflicts between AB 32
provisions and Federal and state mandates in the AB 32 implementation process,” said
Mitzelfelt. “In addition, an analysis of the potential impacts of multiple requirements on the local
economy and ultimately, on the environment, have been minimal, at best.” Rothschild added
that while the MDAQMD Governing Board composition has changed since 2010, “the key
factors which render AB 32 a threat to the High Desert’s economy have remained virtually
unchanged.” These factors include an unemployment rate of just under 15%, a severe
jobs/housing imbalance, substantial air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions resulting from
over 50% of all area residents commuting at least 40 miles to work each way, and transported
pollutants from the Los Angeles basin. Moreover, according to Rothschild, AB 32 threatens to
engender indirect environmental consequences – such as longer, more polluting commutes – as a
result of businesses and jobs leaving the area.
In addition to sending the adopted resolution and letter to Governor Brown, the documents will
also be forwarded to the Air Resources Board, state legislators and to directors of California’s 34
other air Districts.