All this has come about as a result of weak-minded politicians (we may like The Terminator but a mental giant he's not) being sucked in by the sensationalist doomsday language used by such renowned climate scientists as Al Gore with regard to the impending end of all life on the planet.
States fight global warming
Virginia falls behind on the national trend of states picking up the regulatory slack left by a failed administration.
Federalism is alive and well.
When it comes to reducing pollution and greenhouse gases, the Bush administration and its allies in Congress have failed the American people. States and localities have therefore formed ranks to fight rampant emissions. Virginia should follow that trend.
Ten states in the Northeast are negotiating caps on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Companies would trade pollution credits to help reach a goal of cutting emissions 10 percent by 2019.
In the West, California has imposed the nation's toughest auto emissions standards, expecting a 30 percent reduction in a decade. Other states are ready to follow. (link)
What's really interesting about this is the fact that the pin-up boy for the global warming movement, the man who has brought about the enactment of the many rigid auto emissions standards and the pointless and ultimately destructive curtailments of industrial carbon dioxide emissions, doesn't expect of himself that which he demands of the rest of us:
Al Gore's Hypocrisy ExposedThis prompts the obvious question:
Al Gore insists the world must embrace a "carbon-neutral lifestyle" and make necessary sacrifices to head off what he warns will be an environmental cataclysm – but in his personal life he doesn’t practice what he preaches.
Gore tells consumers how to change their lives to curb their carbon-gobbling ways ... [b]ut "public records reveal that as Gore lectures Americans on excessive consumption, he and his wife Tipper live in two properties: a 10,000-square-foot, 20-room, eight-bathroom home in Nashville, and a 4,000-square-foot home in Arlington, Va. He also has a third home in Carthage, Tenn.,” Peter Schweizer, author of the book Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy,” writes in USA Today. (link)
For someone rallying the planet to pursue a path of extreme personal sacrifice, Gore requires little from himself. If he genuinely believes the apocalyptic vision he has put forth, and calls for radical changes in the way other people live, why hasn't he made any radical change in his life?Tell you what. I'll give up my gas-guzzling SUV (with its ass-kickin' V-8) and I'll curtail the use of greenhouse gas emitting fuels around the farm the day that Al Gore - presumably a folk hero to those on the Roanoke Times editorial staff - starts practicing what he preaches.