Australia – Just Like California

Posted on Sat 02/21/2009 by



Andrew Bolt

Glenn Milne last January, after a government junket to California

The great thing about visiting California is that it gives you a sense of where Australia is probably headed. In the context of the climate change debate, this assertion stands, only more so…

A year later:

The state itself stepped away from the brink of financial ruin early Thursday when the state Legislature ended months of deadlock and paralysis – which had shut down road projects and held up tax refund checks – by agreeing to a budget plan that increases taxes, cuts spending and borrows money to plug a $42 billion deficit by mid-2010.

$42 billion? Now there’s a familiar figure.

Here’s something else familiar:

The Western Climate Initiative, touted as a model for national global warming legislation, will strain the region’s electricity grid and prolong the economic recession, a business group asserted Tuesday. The initiative was launched in September by seven Western governors, including California’s Arnold Schwarzenegger, and four Canadian provincial premiers. It seeks to slash regional greenhouse gas emissions by about 15% below 2005 levels in the next 12 years.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

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