WASHINGTON — Calling it an "unbelievable job killer," GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina on Friday urged the elimination of California's landmark global warming law.
If AB 32 is not scrapped, Fiorina said she will back an effort to suspend the law until unemployment in the state drops to 5.5 percent and stays there for one year.
"Suspending it is better than keeping it in place," Fiorina said in a meeting with Sacramento Bee editors and reporters.
Fiorina said the state law and a federal effort to cap greenhouse gas emissions would cost trillions in lost economic output.
"It's important that we protect our environment," she said. "It's wonderful that California has such a pristine environment." But she added: "A vibrant economy and making progress on our environment have to be co-equal goals."
Fiorina said state and federal policies should be aimed at encouraging innovation, not punishment. "Let's motivate and reward innovation," she said.
And she said the science involved in global warming should be subject to more scrutiny.
"I think we should have the courage always to examine the science," she said.
Fiorina, the former head of Hewlett-Packard, is one of three Republican candidates — along with former Rep. Tom Campbell and Assemblyman Chuck Devore — seeking the party's senatorial nomination in June.
The winner of the GOP primary will face Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, who's seeking a fourth term, in November.
In a wide-ranging interview, Fiorina:
- Said any chief executive officer who comes to Washington to seek federal bailout money should resign immediately, along with the company's board of directors.
"They have failed in their most fundamental fiduciary duty, which is to protect the franchise," she said.
She said Congress should take greater steps to protect U.S. borders and make changes to the temporary guest worker program before considering a larger overhaul.
She said that Congress needs to operate with greater transparency and that the earmark process is essentially a way of hiding appropriations in larger spending bills.
"I'm not Meg Whitman, so we have to raise the money," she said.