California: Judge suspends implementation of job-killing “greenhouse gas” law

Posted by: Phineas on March 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

A rare victory for commonsense in the Golden State:

Judge places California’s global warming program on hold

A San Francisco superior court judge has put California’s sweeping plan to curb greenhouse gas pollution on hold, saying the state did not adequately evaluate alternatives to its cap-and-trade program.

In a 35-page decision, Judge Ernest H. Goldsmith said the Air Resources Board had failed to consider public comments on the proposed measures before adopting the plan, which affects a broad swath of the state’s economy.

In particular, the judge noted, officials gave short shrift to analyzing a carbon fee, or carbon tax, devoting a “scant two paragraphs to this important alternative” to a market-based trading system in their December 2008 plan.

The air board said it would appeal the judge’s decision, which was filed late Friday and released Monday.

Sure, the judge wasn’t rejecting anthropogenic global warming per se, but instead objecting to the board’s lack of attention to public comment and consideration of alternative means to fight a problem that does not exist*. But, still, this functions as a temporary restraining order on a bill that would only do further damage to this state’s already gut-shot economy. The judge may be doing the right thing for the wrong reason, but it’s still the right thing.

*Okay, I may have editorialized a bit with those last few words.

ADDENDUM: Even if one thinks there’s some validity to the theory of AGW, the idea that California by itself can make a significant impact in the face of gross polluters such as China is laughable. AB32 is patent medicine meant only to make the Green Statists feel good about themselves, even though it’s laced with poison.

via Watt’s Up With That?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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  1. WarEagle says:

    So a judge stumbles in to the right decision but maybe for the wrong reason. These “green statists” won’t be happy until we are all living in unheated caves eating insects. Kind of reminds me of “Quest for Fire” except they won’t allow us to build fires…

  2. Wayne says:

    Meanwhile Obama is telling Brazil that the US will be buying the oil they get out of the ocean with loans he help get. I guess to the greens Brazil is not on the same planet as California.

  3. God Himself says:

    image: putting the finishing touches on a lightning bolt headed for the California Air Resources Board Headquarters, with a little note attached: “Not in My Name Bitchez”

  4. Carlos says:

    The idea that China can make a significant impact on global warming is just as laughable as whether California can.

    And besides, who of the AGW alarmists has noticed that the earth, as is her wont to do, is in a cooling cycle now?