Der Arnold's "environmentalism" pose

John Seiler:
Oct. 7, 2010

The key to understanding Der Arnold is that everything is a pose. From posing his steroid-pumped muscles before “bodybuilding” competitions to posing before a camera for an “action” movie to posing as a governor. Pose…pose…pose.

So, too, with his “environmentalism.” He’s posing  before his peer group: rich leftists, from those in Hollywood and Silicon Valley in California to his Kennedy family back in exclusive, hyper-rich Martha’s Vineyard.

So he signed the jobs-killing AB 32 into law. And he opposes Prop. 23, which would suspend AB 32 until unemployment dropped to 5.5% for a year. Pose…pose…pose.

The proof always is before us. Consider this story:

A last-minute budget concession is heading to a struggling business founded by a political ally  and generous campaign contributor to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Pacific Ethanol, a firm founded by state Republican Party fixture Bill Jones, would be relieved of a requirement to meet strict environmental standards by a change quietly inserted into budget legislation Wednesday.

Jones is the former California secretary of state and was the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2006.  Jones and Schwarzenegger have endorsed each other’s campaigns over the years, and Jones has given nearly $70,000 to Schwarzenegger’s political committees, state records show.

In August, the Schwarzenegger administration promised millions in subsidies that helped rescue Pacific Ethanol from bankruptcy. Part of the deal was that the firm, which uses corn to make the gasoline additive ethanol, would significantly reduce its carbon footprint within four years.

But a last-minute change to the statute allows the carbon reduction requirement to expire in two years, essentially letting Pacific Ethanol, and three smaller firms that qualify for the subsidy, off the hook.

A real “environmentalist” wouldn’t make an exception for political cronies, but would insist that everyone follow the law.

For a poser like Der Arnold, the law doesn’t matter. Only posing.

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  1. Paul Taylor Examiner
    Paul Taylor Examiner 8 October, 2010, 06:59

    California has been a leader in American trends of entertainment, outdoor sports, cars, alternative lifestyles, environmentalism, and unfortunately of late, dysfunctional state government. Today, the once “Golden State” is deeply tarnished by massive annual budget deficits and political corruption where the partisan special interests of militant labor union, divisive immigrant and radical environmental lobbies reign supreme.

    Californians are suffering an unprecedented 12.5% unemployment rate as economic recession deepens. Californians, without any federal orders or proof of climate benefits, naively approved the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32). AB 32 would impose costly 2012 reductions in state greenhouse gases for global warming benefits. All new environmental regulations increase the unit production costs and corresponding consumer prices of all goods, services, energies and activities. AB 32 would further punish California businesses and families with more taxes, energy expenses and unemployment as we enter the third year of an historic national economic recession.

    Proof of the punishing impacts of environmental regulations can be observed in records of U.S. unemployment rates. The massive and ubiquitous tangle of U.S. environmental regulations began to expand from the federal government level in the 1970s. Today, environmental regulations and their attendant mob of bureaucrats at local, state and federal governments cost us about 5% of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). Environmental regulations have also become a free-for-all of eco-group propaganda and gratuitous litigation. Rules are issued by green-obsessed government do-gooders without mention of long term costs, unemployment or proof of actual environmental benefits.

    Using U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) records of U.S. unemployment data, the impact of U.S. environmental regulations upon unemployment can be seen in the 30 years before, and after, the 1970 enviro-policy explosions:
    • The average U.S. unemployment rate from 1940 (excluding WWII) to 1970 was 4.5%;
    • The average U.S. unemployment rate from 1970 to 2000 was 6%;
    • As environmental regulations expanded after 1970, 30-year average unemployment increased by 33.3%.

    California voters can delay the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) by voting for Prop. 23 on November 2nd. Prop. 23 would suspend implementation of AB 32 greenhouse gas controls until the state’s unemployment rate is reduced to below an unemployment rate benchmark of 5.5%.

    California’s Prop. 23 benchmarking of future environmental regulations to economic performance (recovery) should be a model for U.S. Government environmental regulations. The “new” U.S. Congress should pass legislation to suspend all pending and future environmental regulations until U.S. unemployment recovers to the post-1970 average of 6.5%. The U.S., and each state, must reset the reckless pace of environmental regulation to an economic benchmark. The so-called ”new green economy” is a green fantasy that should not be a national (or state) priority.

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