Isadore Hall IIILOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ – California Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D- Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Susan A. Bonilla (D- Concord) will hold a forum, featuring California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chair Mary Nichols to discuss the impact of AB 32 (Chapter 488, 2006) and CARB’s Cap-and-Trade program on businesses, utilities, public universities and local governments throughout the state on Friday, August 24, 2012 from 2 – 4 p.m. in Carson, Calif.

AB 32 requires the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The Cap-and-Trade program adopted by CARB sets statewide greenhouse gas emission limits and regulates the state’s largest greenhouse gas emitting sources. The program is designed to provide businesses and local governments with the flexibility to seek out and implement the lowest-cost options to reduce emissions and drive long-term investment in cleaner fuels and more efficient use of energy.

The forum will educate the general public on the many facets of AB 32 and how to best achieve its overall goals. According to the 2012-13 budget, cap-and-trade auction revenues are expected to be $1 billion in the first year of the program with substantially more revenues expected as the program expands in the coming years.

WHO: Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D – Los Angeles)

Assemblymember Susan A. Bonilla (D – Concord)

Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resource Board (CARB)

Thomas McHenry, Los Angeles Chamber Board Member-Moderator

Dr. Hagan, President California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH)

Dan Skopec, Vice President of regulatory and Legislative Affairs SO Cal Gas

Cathy Boyd, Executive Director Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA)

Dorothy Rothrock, California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA)

Debra C. Man, Assistant GM/COO Metropolitan Water District

Tiffany Roberts, Legislative Analyst’s Office Legal Restraints (LAO)

Adriano Martinez, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Timothy O’Connor, Director Environmental Defense Fund California Climate and Energy

Les LoBaugh, Golden State Water

Gary Stern Director of Market Strategy and Resource Planning, Southern California Edison

Michael Shaw, California Truckers Association

Rachel Oster, Recology

Tom Bowman, the Bowman Design Group

Community leaders and members of the public

WHAT: Public Forum on the Impacts of California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

WHERE: California State University, Dominguez Hills, Loker Student Union

1000 East Victoria Street, Carson, CA

WHEN: Friday, August 24, 2012

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM