Cleaner air doesn’t have to risk jobs at our local ports
California leads the world in progressive environmental policies aimed at lowering carbon emissions. Who is more environmentally friendly than California? But another area where California is a leader is in unemployment; it ranks in the top-10 for highest unemployment rate in the nation (tied for seventh place). To bring it home, the Los Angeles metropolitan area unemployment rate is at 5.1 percent and the national average is 4.2 percent.
It is in this abysmal economic setting that, on Nov. 2, the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports will jointly be voting on the final draft of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan proposal set by the mayors and ports of both cities to further reduce air emissions. On the surface the plan’s aggressive goal sounds like a good idea: make the Southland a cleaner, more comfortable place in which to live. The problem is that these regulations, in their current proposal, go way too far and will not achieve the desired outcome.
Los Angeles boasts of being America’s No. 1 port, and Long Beach isn’t that far behind, but it’s a title that won’t last long. While the ports have seen steady growth in the last 10 years, when you compare them to other ports, they fail miserably. Many of the other ports have seen 20 percent to 150 percent more growth than our own San Pedro Bay Ports. For the most part, our growth has been stagnant, and with increasing competitiveness across the country and across the globe, we cannot implement more regulations that kill jobs and industry for our region. The Los Angeles region and the state are losing out to more competitive states and countries.
Since the 2006 CAAP plan was enacted, we have seen a 96 percent drop in diesel particulate matter from cargo equipment and […]