Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Governator Falls Prey to Greenhouse Gas Psuedo- Science

Take this little piece from

"California Governor, Legislature Reach Agreement on GHG Emissions Cap

On August 30, 2006, Governor Schwarzenegger and the California Legislature reached an agreement on AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. The Act caps California’s greenhouse gas emissions at 1990 levels by 2020. This agreement represents the first enforceable state-wide program in the U.S. to cap all GHG emissions from major industries that includes penalties for non-compliance. The bill requires the State Air Resources Board to establish a program for statewide greenhouse gas emissions reporting and to monitor and enforce compliance with this program. The bill authorizes the state board to adopt market-based compliance mechanisms including cap-and-trade, and allows a one-year extension of the targets under extraordinary circumstances."

Ok I'll admit that reducing polution is a very good idea........BUT is this going to drive California's economy into the dirt? Or is it possible that California's economy has very little GHG generating components? It's not exactly the rustbelt. Manufacturing industries generally don't create much CO2 which is really what they are talking about. And I suspect that automobile exhaust is responsible for the vast majority of California's GHG emmisions.

So can industry in the Golden state comply? I wonder if as things stand now there is even a significant increase of GHG's emitted by industry over 1990.

I know there is a significant increase from automobiles....but if you take away the automobile generated GHG's from the totals...what's left?

Anyone know?




Blogger Duke said...

These green house gas arguments are so conveluted that no one knows what's what anymore.

I remember a long time ago, the lefties were hard at it claiming that cows eat primarily a fibre diet .. you know ... hay and grass and stuff like that plus oats and barley etc depending on what they are for .. and of course that stuff caused the cows to produce a lot of gas that they fart into the environemnt in great quantity (if you can believe that this is a serious cause for green house gas .. they do!)

The Dips thought that we should stop eating cows in part because it's cruel to the cows and that we should be actually eating what the cows eat instead of eating the cows because it is actually better for us.

So as I see it in my twisted chimp brain is that the argument could be boiled down to who gets to do the farting .. the cows or us!

8/31/2006 10:35 p.m.  
Blogger Duke said...

Sorry about the spelling. I just get on a roll and don't bother to edit the typos. I really should.


8/31/2006 10:41 p.m.  
Blogger PGP said...

OK Duke....I agree there is way too much BS bandied about as scientific fact.

However, in the California Legislation of GHGs...will it have any effect or is this more "Cow Farts"??

8/31/2006 11:27 p.m.  

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