Last Friday, Sacramento was quite busy for a change. Most Fridays in Sacramento are pretty quiet now that state workers and other companies have gone to Furlough Fridays. However, last Friday near lunch time was the worst traffic congestion I have seen since living here. The reasons: a constant stream of semi trucks rounding the State Capitol protesting the California Air Resources Board (CARB), another Tea Party protest, and protest about water rights.
I snapped some photos with my smartphone of the line of trucks going around the Capitol. Most of them had signs to “Dump CARB and give 8,500 teachers jobs.” While giving jobs to teachers is laudable, eliminating air quality protection agencies is not. Obviously, they are upset about CARB’s upcoming regulations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions established by AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. I am sure it will affect their business, however, climate change is happening, it is probably due to manmade pollution, and doing nothing could be at our peril. So, while I sympathize with truck drivers about the economic impacts of the regulations, status quo is not acceptable.
I also was asked if I wanted my photo taken with the Sacramento PD. How could I resist?
More photos (including larger sizes) of this CARB protest available in the photo gallery.