MDAQMD Board Reaffirms Support Of AB 32 Suspension

By Staff Reports

(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

continued implementation.

“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.

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