Well, what politicians couldn't do, the environmentalists just might. They might drive industry away from the more developed, more heavily populated cities of the north and, if we create conditions making it favorable for them to do so, into this part of the country. It begins with the madness that surrounds carbon dioxide emissions and the Kyoto Protocols.
As President Bush shuns mandatory caps on emissions, like those in the Kyoto agreement, states on the East and West Coasts and some conglomerates are taking their cues from Europe, the leader in the fight against global warming.I am a big supporter of Governor Schwarzenegger's effort to make the cost of doing business in California so prohibitive that companies find it much more inviting to set up shop here. I will be rooting for the governors of New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and all of those in New England to do the same.
U.S. businesses were among the leading early opponents of the Kyoto protocol, and Bush cited the economic impact of the agreement as a major reason for pulling out.
California plans to cut emissions from new cars and trucks by 30 percent by 2016. Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the law's strongest backers.
Such measures could be echoed in New England if California's legislation survives a lawsuit by leading automakers. They could also inspire the Europeans.
"When designing our energy policy, Germany will always look to California because it's the best example," said Barbel Hohn, environment minister in Germany's largest state of North Rhine-Westphalia. (link)
Drive them out, fellas. I want them to relocate to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia!
You and I know we have certain obstacles to overcome to pull this off. One being that we still have far too many Democrats, with environmentalists in their hip pockets, calling the shots around here. But that is changing. And we can count on getting bad press up in New York because of all the pollution and environmental carnage that they will claim we are going to create.
Well, it's time we sent a message back to them. When we no longer have thousands of people without indoor plumbing and no longer have inadequate jobs and inferior schools, when we no longer see our best and brightest high school graduates leaving for the north in search of a future, when we no longer have to wait for the mines to open back up, and the mills to come alive, and the furniture factories to reopen, to find our citizens gathering in a parking lot to pick up donated sweet potatoes and cheese provided to them by the government, and be forced to listen to another politician tell us how swell it is going to be when we get the tourists to come down here and look at our interesting rock formations, then we can get worked up over global warming, greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide emissions, acid rain, and all the other hocum pokum these people dream up.
But we are not there. We don't have that luxury.
So I'm inviting all the world's corporations to come down here to Southwest Virginia and give this area some consideration when you begin reviewing your costs of doing business. I, and a lot of folks around here like me, are prepared to fight for your ability to thrive. All we will expect, in return, is the same consideration.