According to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa
Jackson, climate changeregulations have their "roots" in California,
and much of what President Obama is trying to accomplish is guided by
what California has already achieved. She touts that the United States
is finally "catching up with what's happening in California."
But what do we want to catch up to, asks the Heritage Foundation?
report by the American Lung Association from May 17, 2009 shows that
Los Angeles, Fresno, Bakersfield, Sacramento, Visalia and Hanford all
rank in the top 10 of one or all three categories of pollution:
short-term particle pollution, ozone pollution and year-round particle
*California's unemployment rate for August 2009 was
12.2 percent, nearly 5 percentage points higher than a year ago and
tied for fourth highest in the country.
Maybe the results
will come in the future but it's highly unlikely the economic pain will
be worth the negligible environmental benefits. Supporters argue that
thousands of green jobs will be created, however, David Kreutzer of the
Heritage Foundation warns that green job growth is "grossly overstated
because they don't take into account the jobs lost elsewhere."
irony of mainstream environmentalists praising one of the most polluted
states as a model to follow in one of the most polluted cities in
America has not been lost on critics. It has become very clear that
the concern is not so much for the pollution itself: mainstream
environmentalists offer effulgent praise to California, calling it a
"green state" not because it is clean but because it has installed
stringent greenhouse gas regulations. The California energy plan
should be used as a lessons learned model rather than hailed as a
Source: Nick Loris, "EPA's Lisa Jackson: It's Time the
Rest of the U.S. Caught Up with California," Heritage Foundation,
October 7, 2009.
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