On Thursday, March 18th, KFI AM 640’s John Kobylt and Ken Chaimpou (“The John & Ken Show”) were broadcasting live from the Ayres Hotel in Ontario (on Holt Ave.) to gather signatures for a bill to suspend AB 32, known as the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. This legislative act raises the emission standards within the state to unheard of levels in an effort to reduce global warming. John and Ken have called man-made global warming a hoax and cite that Phil Jones, the climatologist who worked on the original global warming research, has indicated that global warming has been in decline since 1995.
The radio duo say regardless of whether global warming is real or not, the state of California is in greater need of jobs than higher emission standards that will drive more jobs out of the state. With 12% state unemployment and 15% unemployment in the Inland Empire, the new emissions standards set by this legislation will result in a loss of another million jobs. These statistics come from “Suspend AB 32” who is heading up the signature drive being held. Additionally, the supporters of the initiative to suspend AB 32 state it will cost the average family in California $3,857 a year in increased expenses for housing, transportation, food and energy.
During the first two hours of the broadcast in Ontario, Inland Empire state senator Bob Dutton and Fontana City Councilwoman, Aquanetta Warren, discussed the negative effects that further job losses would cause our state and area. Both mentioned the relocation of a local concrete manufacturing company out-of-state due to the new emissions standards that the new law enacted.
Kobylt and Chaimpou discussed with Dutton how the “environmental religious zealots” do not care whether global warming exists or not. Kobylt went so far as to say that “global warming is like a religion to these people who believe the means justify the end.” Dutton stated that the green jobs that the law was to create are non-existent. The state has only been growing 300 green jobs a year while it has lost one million jobs in the last two. Dutton also cited that even Apple and Facebook recently both relocated parts of their business out of state due to the better incentives other states were offering. Dutton added, “California needs to lead this country out of the recession not extend it.”
Fontana Councilwoman Warren talked about how people are leaving Fontana due to the lack of jobs in the area and how she worries about graduates this year not being able to find work. She said, “This is our state and our future. People in other states are laughing at California and this initiative.” She called for support of the bill to suspend AB 32 in order to save jobs. “We allowed General Dynamic and Northrop to move out of state once before. We must do something to stop further job losses.”
The radio hosts pointed out that other states like Texas are seeing jobs growth while our state is in decline. They also reminded their audience that both Jerry Brown and Governor Schwarzenegger continue to support the new emissions standards and see further job losses as “collateral damage” in doing the right thing.
If you are interested in learning more about the cause to save jobs you can go to http://suspendab32.org/. If you did not make it to the petition signing, click here to download your own petition and mail it in.
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