Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A nice thought, but...

Republican politicians and conservative activists are launching a ballot campaign to suspend California's landmark global-warming law, in what they hope will serve as a showcase for a national backlash against climate regulations.

Supporters say they have "solid commitments" of nearly $600,000 to pay signature gatherers for a November initiative aimed at delaying curbs on the greenhouse gas emissions of power plants and factories until the state's unemployment rate drops.

Mary D. Nichols, chairwoman of the state's Air Resources Board, which is implementing the law, known as AB 32, called the initiative "a campaign that has to be taken seriously."

"It would put all our efforts at energy efficiency and renewable energy in the deep freezer for a long time," she said.

The measure would halt proposed regulations until the state's jobless rate dips to 5.5% or below for a year. That's a level that California has not seen since 2007. California has one of the nation's highest unemployment rates: 12.4%.

Uhhhh… we don’t get it. Why not just kill the thing altogether? Why set some arbitrary unemployment trigger at which it would just kick back in only to force unemployment upwards again?

We understand the concept of incrementalism but this is not that, it’s ping-pong.

If uncertainty is a jobs-killer, doesn’t predicting next month’s unemployment figures have the same effect?


K T Cat said...

It shows they still don't have the guts to come out against global warming. They're trying to split the difference.

Dean said...

KT, I don't know if it's about that but rather about being too cute by a dozen.

Like, "hey, we're reasonable - not the Party of No or anything. Drop AB 32 until unemployment drops and then we'll let it kick back in again".

Cripes, maybe you're right.