02.28.07

If they won’t do it, we will.

Posted in at 13:30 by RjZ

Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he was joining he governors of Oregon, Washington, Arizona and New Mexico in broad agreement to set pollution reduction targets within six months and design a market-based program. These Western states don’t feel like they can wait on federal regulations to reduce CO2, so they’ve decided to do something about it. Utilities in Oregon spoke up that they appreciate this regional approach, but they’d prefer a national plan.

They’re right to want one because it would make significant gains efficiency and effectiveness of a cap and trade system where one polluter can buy rights to pollute from a cleaner competitor. Just the same, I am happy that the states are taking the lead in matters like this. It’s a victory for states rights and it recognizes the plain fact that California and it’s neighbors are an economy that ranks in the top ten with full-fledged countries. Furthermore, it sends an extremely strong message to the national government that this is something that the people find necessary and tractable.

And that’s the way it should be. We’ve grown too accustomed to the national government sending down edicts of how this or that should be regulated and waiting and hoping on them to act the way we want. The western states recognized that the Washington wasn’t going to act so they took matters into their own hands and got something done! They realized that if you want something done, it’s a good idea to start with yourself. Utilities can complain that this isn’t the most efficient way to do things, but at least something is getting done!

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