Calif. lawmakers debate global warming

SACRAMENTO, Calif. The issue was discussed Monday by the Assembly's Natural Resources Committee.

Critics say legislators have no power to oversee the non-elected members of the State Air Resources Board, which is empowered to order emissions cutbacks.

Assemblyman Roger Niello, a Republican from Sacramento, said, "We need to get to the 1990 level of carbon dioxide emissions by the year 2020. And the legislature has walked off into the sunset, and said to the Air Resources Board 'you take care of it.'"

The legislature's non-partisan analyst says the board's plan is unrealistic, and underestimates the cost of reducing /*greenhouse gas emissions*/.

The committee's chairwoman, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, a Democrat from Berkeley, says she wants to hear from both the board and critics of the plan.


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