SACRAMENTO, Calif. —California’s largest and leading small-business association announced today it is accelerating its request for its members to make their voices heard about how the California Air Resources Board’s 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan will affect them.
“Our small-business-owning members have been very involved in CARB’s public-input sessions, but we are asking for more to come forward–faster and louder. Time is running out,” said John Kabateck, California state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), for nearly 80 years, the nation’s leading small-business association.
“To that end, we’ve just launched a landing page explaining the magnitude of what CARB is planning to do and are running social media campaigns in addition to issuing action alerts to our 13,000 California members,” said Kabateck.
“We’ve heard from our members and other small-business owners in industries ranging from lumber mills to landscape gardening as to how the proposed Scoping Plan regulations will affect them. Now, we are asking for more to speak up. By CARB’s own admission [Page ix], ‘California has never undertaken as comprehensive, far reaching, and transformative an approach to fighting climate change as this plan.’ Something of this magnitude needs to slow down to create better less-harmful policies. Governor Newsom has not helped matters by asking CARB to speed it up. No one has a monopoly on wanting a healthier environment, but you don’t achieve that by creating an economic pollution of shuttered businesses, increased unemployment, and a diaspora of businesses and workers to other states.”
CARB is holding four more “listening sessions” before staff will issue its final report to the Board:
- August 3 at Fresno City College
- August 4 at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park
- August 9 virtually by Zoom
- August 24 virtually for Native American Tribes.
The final Scoping Plan will not be subject to gubernatorial approval or veto or legislative review.
Keep up with the latest on California small-business news at www.nfib.com/california, where this release can also be read, or by following NFIB on Twitter @NFIB_CA or on Facebook @NFIB.CA.
For nearly 80 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven association. Since its founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit nfib.com.