Dear Readers: Many of us Californians are actively protesting our state’s version of Cap-and-Trade (AB-32), and are working to see its full repeal in a November 2010 proposition. Added to the rules promulgated by the power-mongering, “snake oil science” promoting California Air Resources Board, our businesses and enterprises have been seriously damaged.
With this in mind, I would like to point out that our dear Governor has decided to attack the lone successful Governor that the USA had until this summer — Sarah Palin. Apparently, Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to deem Palin a “climate change denier”. Actually Arnold, the only things she denies are that: a) man is the most significant cause of climate change, and b) over-regulating businesses and citizens is actual going to counter-act nature.
If Arnold were truly interested in governing (instead of posturing like Mr. Green-Universe) then he might confer with Palin, to determine how she and her Alaskan team approached energy development and distribution. It seems that Alaska, under Governor Palin’s leadership, already gets approximately 24% of its power from renewable resources with a goal of increasing that to 50% by 2025. All done without breaking the financial backs of small businesses, home-owners, and tax-payers.
Palin responds thusly:
Greener Than Thou? Today at 10:36pm
Why is Governor Schwarzenegger pushing for the same sorts of policies in Copenhagen that have helped drive his state into record deficits and unemployment? Perhaps he will recall that I live in our nation’s only Arctic state and that I was among the first governors to create a sub-cabinet to deal specifically with climate change. While I and all Alaskans witness the impacts of changes in weather patterns firsthand, I have repeatedly said that we can’t primarily blame man’s activities for those changes. And while I did look for practical responses to those changes, what I didn’t do was hamstring Alaska’s job creators with burdensome regulations so that I could act “greener than thou” when talking to reporters. – Sarah Palin
In a related story, we may want to pay attention to some real climate-changers: VOLCANOES! Just outside of Manila in the Philippines, a significant volcanic event is causing the evacuation of 20,000 people.
Authorities moved thousands of villagers from harm’s way near the Philippines’ most active volcano Tuesday after it oozed lava and shot plumes of ash, and said they probably would spend a bleak Christmas in an evacuation center.
State volcanologists raised the alert level on the cone-shaped, 8,070-foot (2,460-meter) Mayon volcano overnight to two steps below a major eruption after ash explosions and dark orange lava fragments glowing in the dark trickled down the mountain slope.
Nearly 50,000 people live in a five-mile (eight-kilometer) radius around the mountain, and authorities began moving thousands of them in case it erupts, Albay provincial Gov. Joey Salceda said.
People may recall Philippines’ Mt. Pinatubo dropped global temperatures about 1 degree after a 1991 eruptions (as well as killing 800 people). I guess we can really stop worrying about global warming now.
My son and I are going to watch the “How the Earth was Made” special on Vesuvius by Naples, Italy tonight. Interestingly, its major and devastating eruptions are generally preceded by earthquakes — and such seismic events are now squeezing the lava pocket under Vesuvius, making an eruption more likely. For example, in April of this year, a 6.3-magnitude quake seriously damaged historic sections not far from Naples and killed 150 people. A Pompeii-like eruption today can potentially impact 3 million people immediately.
Talk about climate-changer! I wonder what the carbon-footprint of all that volcanic ash will be?
To put it in perspective, here are links to some real climate-changers in the past:
* Toba Volcano wipes out early man 70,000 years ago. (It must be man’s fault, somehow)
* The Bronze-age eruption of Santorini generates a tsunami that destroys Crete’s civilization, which impacts the culture and history of the entire Mediterranean basin.
* An 1815 eruption of Mt. Tambora in Indonesia creates “a year without a summer” and leads to the publication of some of history’s best horror novels.
* Krakatoa — need I say more?
* Eruptions of the Yellowstone or California’s Long Valley super-volcanoes, which are going to create enormous environmental impacts (I hope Obama gets a czar on this matter, quick).
Hey, Obama — you wanna know what’s really sexy? CAPITALISM. Volanco-free zones. And my husband.