Brown’s and CARB’s Tahoe-ist Environmentalism Killing Jobs

Aug. 14, 2012

By Wayne Lusvardi

Gov. Jerry Brown once dabbled in the concept of “Tao” in Zen Buddhist religion. William Voegeii says that what explains Jerry Brown’s “Tao” is his rejection of his father’s values.  But it isn’t Brown’s, Tao but his embrace of “Tahoe-ist” environmentalism that explains why jobs are being killed in California.

On Monday, Brown issued a statement at the Lake Tahoe Summit that scientific fact is not on the side of global warming “deniers.”  Concurrently, the California Air Resources Board considered installing a kill switch on 90 percent of its Cap and Trade pollution credit-trading program due to the weak economic recovery in California.  Somebody please tell Brown that CARB has found a way to turn off global warming!

Brown’s statement issued near warming ‘hot spot’

Also on Monday, Brown launched a website to rebut global warming skeptics.  It devotes two pages to “denialists” and rebutting “common denialist arguments.”  Brown launched his website and issued his statement in Stateline, Nevada, at the annual environmental Tahoe Summit.

Brown’s website stated:

 “Global warming’s impact on Lake Tahoe is well documented. It is just one example of how, after decades of pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere humanity is getting dangerously close to the point of no return.  Those who deny global warming’s existence should wake up and honestly face the facts.” 

As global warming skeptic Anthony Watts points out on his website “Watts Up With That?”, Brown issued his statement near the official National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration  weather station in Lake Tahoe.  As the photo above clearly shows, the temperature reading station at Lake Tahoe is within 5 feet of a barrel used to burn trash and near the hot reflective surface of a nearby tennis court. Global warming “denialists” may (or may not) be denying the facts.  But unscientific data collection from temperature-measuring stations and politicized disinformation may be corrupting those facts.

CARB Asked to Issue Free Pollution Permits

The Sacramento Bee reports that the California Air Resources Board is studying whether it will give industries free permits to emit 90 percent of their greenhouse gases in January under its Cap and Trade program.

Cap and Trade is a program that caps the amount of air pollution an industry can emit.  The only way to emit more than the cap is to buy pollution credits from either the state or from other companies that already emit less than their “cap” and have credits to “trade.”  Cap and Trade was developed by CARB in respnose to the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

CARB’s concession to study giving out free pollution credits is in response to pressure from the California Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber is concerned that many industries and businesses will leave California.  Out-of-state industries do not have to buy pollution credits to reduce air emissions.

Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, is a manufacturer of energy-efficient building insulation, roofing materials and other materials.  The prolonged downturn in the real estate economy in California has weakened the financial situation of the Manville plant in Willows, Calif., which presently employs 200 people.  The Willows Plant is threatened with shutdown if it has to buy pollution credits.

The Willows Plant is located in Republican Glenn County in Northern California. Glenn County has a population of about 28,000 and an unemployment rate of about 18 percent as of 2010.

The city of Willows’ population is about 6,000.  A loss of 200 employees would reflect about 7 percent of its workforce.

According to the Sacramento Bee, other corporations with facilities struggling to stay in California include Campbell’s Soup and Del Monte Foods.

“Tahoe-ist” Environmentalism Threatens Local Economies

So-called environmentalists in the Tahoe area who hate tourists hold the annual Tahoe Summit.

They have put forth trumped-up “scientific” facts that pollution from tourist auto traffic (or local warming) has directly affected the clearness of the blue-green lake by causing algae blooms. Over the years blocks and blocks of cheap motels have been bulldozed and replaced with open space and “wetlands” to reduce the tourist population and enhance the value of the vacation homes of those San Francisco elites who live there.  Stickers that say “Keep Tahoe Blue” ironically grace the bumpers of every third appropriately-named Chevy Tahoe SUV.

Brown apparently knows how to ingratiate himself with Lake Tahoe’s elite pretend-environmentalists, who know well how to cover up their self-serving NIMBY (“Not-In-My-Back-Yard”) economic interests.  But it is the tourist economy in Lake Tahoe and the major building material and food processing industries in California that are threatened with extinction by Tahoe-ist environmentalism, not the other way around.

Unfortunately, Brown’s and CARB’s environmental policies have been to demonize, criminalize and tax those very industries that are threatened by out-of-control environmentalism.  It is easy for Jerry Brown to deny the global warming “deniers” in front of a crowd of pretend environmentalists in Lake Tahoe.  But it is getting harder and harder to deny the causes of much of California’s economic decline is related to Brown’s and CARB’s “Tahoe-ist” environmental policies.

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  1. Queeg
    Queeg 14 August, 2012, 09:09

    They control the air, housing, legislature, health care, education and on the verge of regulating all your food and drink.

    Jerry is your DADDY!

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  2. PJ
    PJ 14 August, 2012, 12:07

    Wow, that temp measuring device sure looks sophisticated!

    /sarc

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  3. Wayne Lusvardi
    Wayne Lusvardi 14 August, 2012, 12:43

    From “Felicia” by email to the author

    I think this article is another one that really helps to paint the picture of what the California Dem elitists (led by the “environmentalists”) want more than anything else: To take all the land and money and power for themselves and parcel out token favors with an attitude of “noblesse oblige” to the people who actually support them but for whom they have disdain: the middle (and working) class. And this elite class includes the wealthy Dem politicians, who don’t care about or probably even THINK about jobs or who does the real work that makes things run. After all, in their world, the servants know how to keep a low profile — they are “seen and not heard and only speak when spoken to.”
    As you know.

    In thinking about Lake Tahoe and how it works I realized that the area is no different from other places in California that you have written about: The apparent goal is EXCLUSIONARY (with INCLUSIONARY rhetoric). The goal is to EXCLUDE everyone but the rich elitists from access to Lake Tahoe and to keep out the “riff-raff.” But because of dependence on the middle class tourist dollar, they must be tolerated but herded out of the way into the “ghettos” of the high-rise hotels and casinos in South Lake Tahoe. Under cover of “environmentalism,” increasingly only the super-wealthy can afford to have access to the lake or have views of the lake because they are the ones who own the homes and can afford to vacation at the resorts that populate the majority of the waterfront. Well, again, as you know…

    I thought it was noteworthy that this particular meeting of Jerry Brown and the global warming elitists took place in Stateline at the Edgewood Resort, a golf course with lodge and restaurant that I didn’t even know about and hadn’t seen or visited in 25 years of vacationing in Lake Tahoe because apparently it is the well-hidden (in plain sight) purview of the wealthy liberal class.

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  4. Hondo
    Hondo 14 August, 2012, 14:12

    So many restaurants and tortilla factories (God I love fresh warm corn tortillas) are run and owned by hispanic small businessmen. Because of the amount of carbs they use to run their ovens and stoves, how many of them will be ‘carbed'(taxed) out of business. The Dems are committing economic genocide on their own economic base. They may just tax food out of existence. And a tax on food hurts the poorest by far.
    Hondo…..

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  5. Queeg
    Queeg 14 August, 2012, 15:08

    Carbs are not your friend!

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  6. Wayne Lusvardi
    Wayne Lusvardi 14 August, 2012, 17:04

    The parallels between California Gov. Jerry Brown and 16th Century Pope Urban VIII are interesting.

    Pope Urban VIII was born into a wealth family of political influence, was educated as a Jesuit, and received a degree in law. Brown was born into his family’s political brand name, was a Jesuit, and a lawyer.

    Pope Urban VIII declared astronomer Galileo a heretic for challenging the authority of the theocratic state. Brown has declared global warming “deniers” as political heretics to the secular state and its reigning myth of environmentalism.

    Urban left the papacy with so much debt that it forced the city-state into military and economic decline. Writer Chriss Street has an article posted concurrently with this reporting how California sales taxes are down 33 percent. The predictions of economic decline due to government regulation are becoming more predictable than the so-called predictions of science about global warming.

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  7. Queeg
    Queeg 14 August, 2012, 18:36

    We have had lots of Pope Urbans and we keep on surfing!

    We learned personal financial leverage from the book and tapes seminar hustlers. 4 miiion Americans have lost their homes in this cycle.

    Government in California just can’ t say NO and voters just keeping saying YES.

    And CWD posters cannot change ANYTHING!

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