Monday, June 07, 2010

2010 Elections Preview: Brown Supports Parasitic Bureaucracy

Posted By CotoBlogzz 06-07-2010 01:00 PM
OAKLAND – A California Attorney General (CAG) Gerry Brown’s press release issued today can be construed as a preview of what the California electorate can expect in the upcoming months: the CAG office being used as a proxy to promote Gerry Brown for Governor

The CAG’ office announced today that Gerry Brown has asked to intervene in a lawsuit “.. in order to protect newly adopted motor vehicle emission standards that would save nearly two billion barrels of oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately one billion tons,” otherwise known as “the benefit.” The CAG’s office does not detail “the cost”, as in how many more jobs will move from California to Texas, Nevada, Utah and other states.

According to the press release,  Brown filed a motion to intervene in the U.S. Court of Appeals in support of the Frankeistanequese federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a bureaucracy we often refer to as “parasitic bureaucracy”: Take for instance, earlier this years, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, introduced sort of like a congressional veto to stop the EPA from controlling greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. Murkowski, the top Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, argued that Congress, not EPA, should determine federal climate change policy. Not to mention the Law of Unintended  Parasitic Bureaucracies as exemplified by Orange County State Sen. Lou Correa's(D-Santa Ana)  Senate Bill 1406, dealing with glaucoma treatment. According to the CAG’s office, the reason for siding with this parasitic bureaucracy is  “a suit brought by energy companies and other industries challenging the EPA's authority to enforce the tough emission standards beginning in 2012”

The disingenuous rationale for the CAG’s office is that “the EPA's new vehicle emissions standards are the first significant reduction in federal fuel consumption standards in more than 30 years. Over the lifetime of the vehicles sold in the first five years, the national program is projected to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2.1 billion tons and save 1.8 billion barrels of oil. Consumers can expect the new standards to save them between $130 and $180 a year in fuel costs,” and concludes echoing Madame Boxer’s worrying about the weather, rather than jobs: “California has long set the pace in enacting tough pollution standards, and it has been active in attempting to protect its right to impose those standards and in encouraging other states and the federal government to adopt similar standards.” – On the other side of the coin is that California used to be the fifth largest economy in the world – it is now a distant eight. Do you really want to worry about the weather?

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