Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Launch of Small Business Outreach on AB 32

Small Business California has been asked to sign onto the Business Alliance for a Green Economy. My first reaction when I saw the word Green in the title was that this was an environmental group who really doesn’t care about small business.. I have however looked into the goals of this organization and talked extensively with Susan and find that this really is a business group and in fact at one point Susan worked for a Chamber of Commerce.
While I might have hoped for a more neutral name that would have provided a broader umbrella for all of us, I am convinced it’s in our interest to make our voices known in this critical debate. I urge you to check out the website and statement of principles.
I will be the first to say that AB 32 is not perfect and Small Business California will speak out as it gets implemented putting forth the small business perspective. We have already done this as Hank Ryan and I have served on the committee formed to implement AB32.
Small Business California will be signing onto this and I hope you will consider doing so also. Please note that the Green Business Alliance is linked to the Green Chamber of Commerce and you can click on through the link Support California’s Clean Energy & Climate Security Plan below.
I am in close contact with Susan and I encourage you to contact her if you have any questions. I have copied this email to Susan and her phone number is 650-400-0423. Please let me know your thoughts on this.
Scott Hauge
Small Business California
2311 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA 94116

Support California’s Clean Energy & Climate Security Plan
We all know that climate change is real and its impacts are being felt now. The good news is that solutions to climate change will keep more money in our local economy and drive economic growth.

-By cutting back on energy use, businesses will save hundreds of dollars annually on energy bills. -By driving more fuel-efficient cars and trucks, Californians will save billions at the pump.
-By reducing air pollution and greening our workplaces, businesses will experience increased worker productivity and fewer employee sick days.
-By diversifying our energy supplies and improving energy efficiency, the state’s economy will be protected from the volatility of fossil fuel markets.
-And by shifting to a clean energy economy, more than 100,000 jobs will be added over the next decade.

Shouldn’t all California businesses support this clean energy vision? Yes, but unfortunately oil companies and dirty industries that are the biggest sources of carbon pollution are more concerned with protecting the status quo than with looking out for what is best for California’s small businesses. That’s why we need your help! The Business Alliance for a Green Economy is reaching out to businesses across the state to build support a clean energy future in California.

If you are a California business owner/operator, please sign the Statement of Principles today. Learn the Facts about California’s clean energy & climate security plan and its impact on business. Join the growing chorus of businesses who support the state’s climate plan!

Questions? Email Susan Frank at


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Anonymous said...

I wish everyone would stop using phrases such "We all know that climate change is real and (the real whopper) its impacts are being felt now."

First, hundreds of respectable scientists have come out and said "global warming/climate change" is a big scam. There hasn't been any global warming for a decade. Moreover, if we would put into effect all the crazy proposals by global warming scaremongers, it *might* decrease global temperatures by a tenth of a percent or so in thirty years.

Carbon is much a pollutant as oxygen.

Instead of small business supporting government's idiocy in the so-called "green" space, we could try to build more nuclear power plants so that we could get the energy we need.