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Political Landscape:

Energy project list released

January 02, 2010

Schwarzenegger vetoed that and other bills meant to create the 33% target, arguing that the proposals would have created an unnecessary bureaucratic burden for power companies and entrepreneurs.

Instead, Schwarzenegger opted to set the 33% target through an executive order and directed the California Air Resources Board to develop a plan that would set the parameters for utilities.

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Republicans’ votes earn them low scores

The California League of Conservation Voters gave all area Republicans low ratings on its annual environmental score card released in December.

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The score card accounted for lawmakers’ votes for or against 22 bills singled out by the organization as “high priority.”

Among those bills monitored by the group was a package of proposals to mandate that 33% of energy come from renewable energy sources by 2020.

The group also followed legislation to put further restrictions on chemicals used in making plastic bottles for infants, which failed in the Legislature; a law requiring public utilities to pay back ratepayers who contribute their surplus solar power to their electricity grids, which was signed by Schwarzenegger; and a bill to require owners of multifamily housing complexes to provide recycling services, which was vetoed by the governor.

Other bills accounted for by the organization dealt with protecting park lands, limiting greenhouse gas emissions, reducing chemicals in wastewater and limiting urban water usage.

Schwarzenegger scored low on the group’s ratings, matching with its position for 28% of the legislation followed in 2009, but area Republicans did worse.

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita) was the highest scoring local representative, but only matched the league’s stance at a rate of 24%, while Assemblyman Anthony Adams (R-Hesperia) was on the same page as the group 19% of the time.

State Sen. Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) had the worst score among area representatives, agreeing with the organization for 5% of its legislative positions in 2009. Although Huff’s score was low, several Republicans statewide didn’t agree with the league once during 2009.

Assemblyman Paul Krekorian (D-Los Angeles) led area representatives on the score card, with a rating of 100%, while Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) followed with a score of 90%.

State Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) had the next strongest 2009 score, according to the group, at 81%.

The organization was mostly troubled by the stance of the governor, who vetoed two-thirds of the 15 bills that reached his desk for a signature.

“Rather than seize opportunities to protect our natural resources and create clean energy jobs, Governor Schwarzenegger rejected the vast majority of well-considered environmental legislation that landed on his desk,” Warner Chabot, the group’s chief executive, said in a statement. “This is an unfortunate retreat from the leadership that the governor has often provided.”


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