At the American Spectator, Paul Chesser writes about some of the highlights of his work he has documented, connecting the dots to compare how different states adopt climate change policies. His conclusion should be upsetting to taxpayers:
Every state amazingly produces the same strategies: increased taxation upon coal-fired energy generation; higher electric bill surcharges; increased tailpipe emissions standards to encompass CO2; subsidized mass transit; “green” standards in school curricula; and more.
Can you feel the pain? CCS and the climate commissions can’t. Seems they promise only positives, as the new taxes and regulations that they always recommend are amazingly said to save state economies money and create jobs. Indeed, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter promises to create an entirely “new energy economy” for his state — quite a feat for government bureaucrats.
Perhaps we should thank these folks for saving us from our freedoms. Undoubtedly they know what is best for the rest of us, as demonstrated by their insistence on stifled debate, limited consideration of actions, exclusion of information, and rosy-outlook economics.
“Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter promises to create an entirely ‘new energy economy’ for his state — quite a feat for government bureaucrats” – That statement makes me chuckle. The irony is effective enough on its face, but only becomes more ridiculous when you realize Ritter’s serious mismanagement of his own campaign funds (and the quandary it puts him in).
This tidbit from Chesser’s article should make my brother laugh, as he can relate from personal experience:
But Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle did not get the rhetoric memo, clumsily calling his appointed group the “Task Force on Global Warming.” No wiggle room there for a state — known for its nasty lake effect–that has experienced its harshest winter in memory. A “climate change” moniker might not have been so easily laughed away.
At least spring has arrived to thaw away the bad memories of cold, wet winters in Wisconsin and Colorado.