MANUEL CUNHA, JR.: Air Resources Board’s latest scheme punishes California farmers

Last year, California lawmakers came together to enact bipartisan legislation, Assembly Bill 398, to combat climate change while protecting consumers and businesses from excessive costs. Striking that balance is crucial for minimizing the regulatory costs that will impact California’s farmers as well as the grocers, restaurants and consumers paying to put food on the table.

But now that AB 398 has been locked into law, the board in charge of implementing it, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), is ignoring the agreement that AB 398 was based on. Instead of containing costs, CARB is proposing regulations that will cause soaring price increases on gasoline, diesel, electricity and other necessities – without any mechanisms in place to adequately contain the costs. As a result, CARB’s proposal promises to make your food more expensive, along with countless other necessities that require energy to produce.

Click here to read the full article in the Bakersfield Californian.


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