LAPD Union Backs Initiative That Would Suspend State's Anti-Global Warming Effort
The union representing Los Angeles police stepped into the contentious fight over the state's anti-global warming efforts by backing a proposition that would put the brakes on a law that sought to reduce California's green-house gas output by about 15 percent.
That effort under AB 32 was scheduled to go into effect in 2012, but Prop. 23 would suspend the bill. The Los Angeles Police Protective League is all for it, arguing that such green-house-gas regulation would result in higher energy costs for the city at a time when public safety needs every dollar it can get:
"With the economy and the city's budget in such dire straits, we should be doing everything we can to avoid more lost revenues and higher costs," states LAPPL president Paul Weber. "Now is not the time to saddle the city with the reduced revenues and increased energy costs it would incur from implementing the global warming law."