Consumers can’t afford a delay in cap-and-trade

By Shannon Baker-Branstetter, Special to the Sacramento Bee.

There’s no harm in “honest discussion” about fuels, as The Sacramento Bee says in its editorial,“Pump prices will rise, and Senate should air details” (Aug. 17). But honesty involves getting the premise right – and honesty isn’t what the oil industry is offering. The question isn’t one of how much gas prices are going to go up. In fact, Assembly Bill 32 is written so that oil companies need not increase prices at all. If they do, that is something they are choosing to do.