Yet another political figure falls for the sham, this time with consequences:
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California catapulted to the forefront of U.S. efforts to fight global warming on Wednesday with an accord that will give the state the toughest laws in the nation on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and possibly spur a reluctant Washington to take similar action.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has accused fellow Republican President George W. Bush of failing to demonstrate leadership on climate change,(Dems: "Glee!" - ed) said he reached a "historic agreement" with Democrats to make California a world leader in reducing carbon emissions.
"The success of our system will be an example for other states and nations to follow as the fight against climate change continues," Schwarzenegger said in a statement after weeks of tense negotiations.
Nevermind that new cars nowadays are literally 98% cleaner than old cars. Nevermind that new methods of firing coal have reduced the amount of carbon put in the atmosphere. Nevermind that this is quite literally going to cost the taxpayers millions of dollars, if not more.
Niether of which we've seen evidence for. But, you know...it sounds good, right?
The United States is the world's largest producer of the heat-trapping gases that many scientists link to extreme weather like violent hurricanes and rising sea levels.
Indeed. However, I'm forced to throw out Tuppers opinion on the ground that he's clearly a shill for Big Oil.
"It is unfortunate such important legislation is being put together at the last minute without proper review and scrutiny, especially because of its potential to harm the economy," said Tupper Hull, a spokesman for the Western States Petroleum Association.