The Green Police Are Coming

by CalWatchdog Staff | February 8, 2010 1:49 pm

If you think the Super Bowl commercial depicting “The Green Police” was a joke, think again. California’s Cap and Trade law, AB 32 will allow fines, fees, and a law enforcement approach against “green violators,” all while attempting to reduce the state‚Äôs carbon emissions starting in 2012.

The jobless rate is 12.4% in California, 2.25 million Californians are unemployed, and the state government is broke. Yet many legislators are still gung ho about California’s global warming taxes and regulations.

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, “The law all but encourages outsourcing to Nevada, Texas, China and India. Even the liberal Sacramento Bee, which supports the law, says that policy makers should be “candid about the real costs of the transition it is contemplating. . . . Industries that are energy-intensive will move elsewhere.”

Those “real costs” will be everything that uses energy from light bulbs, to plastic bags, our cars and pets …even the size of a families’ carbon footprints (limit on number children families will be allowed to have). Trucking companies, utilities, manufacturers and most other businesses will be hit with hefty new taxes when the unrealistic caps on CO2 are imposed and inevitably violated.

Because AB 32 regulations require diesel engines to be retrofitted to cut greenhouse gas emissions, small and large business owners would be required to buy newer trucks and have no used truck market to sell their old ones. This would put independent truckers out of business.

The green police may have gotten laughs all over the country, but in California it is no laughing matter.

The Green Police[1] video

-Katy Grimes

Endnotes:
  1. The Green Police: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq58zS4_jvM

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