Wednesday, August 20, 2008

RGGI: Undoing Upstate

Think your utility bills are too high and the Upstate economy could not get much worse? Think again . . . From the Elmira Star-Gazette: Plan to control air pollution costs at least $120M. . . .

But the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is not really controlling pollution unless you consider good old CO2 -- the stuff YOU breath out every day -- the stuff that makes plants grow -- the stuff that gives fizz to your coke -- pollution. You can thank Al Gore and the global warming alarmists for this one.

Even if you accept its premise (which I don't), RGGI will achieve undetectable results for climate change, but will devastate what is left of our manufacturing base. This is a very large price to pay for what is, at best, a political statement by former Gov. Patacki. The consequences were forseen here two years ago. The legal authority for the former governor to commit the state to such sweeping changes is still murky.

RGGI needs to be undone, now, before it undoes us!

3 comments:

clipper said...

Virginia recently touted a "wonderful new initiative" that would fund a program to pump CO2 into the seams between layers of coal, deep underground. I don't know the figures, but you can bet some group of "Gore minded idiots" will make millions off the studies and contracts to perform the work, and all they will be doing is sealing the harmless CO2 between layers of rock, where it will eventually be released by coal miners, mining the coal where the CO2 is stored.

I have a far better solution to the problem. We should take all the Gore followers and global warming nuts, and seal them between layers of coal in SW Virginia. When they decompose, they will give off methane that can be burned to produce power. Instead of capturing harmless CO2, we would be producing a usable gas from hot air spewing gasbags and putting it to use in non petroleum fuel for power plants.

Andrew said...

It's interesting - though not surprising - that this has not made the local news yet. I'd heard it on the radio a couple of weeks ago (810 WGY out of Albany) and went and looked it up myself but for some reason it hasn't made the local news yet.
The darned IPCC report said that if the Kyoto treaty were FULLY IMPLEMENTED it would reduce global warming by 0.1 Deg. C over the next 100 years. Sounds like a waste of time to me.
BTW - an entertaining read on wind power over at the Wall Street Journal. And the specs on wind power are depressing, according to this blog entry at EU Referendum.

Mrs. Mecomber said...

SOOO true. And you know what's even worse? China and India are the biggest polluters (REAL pollution, not just C02), but they are completely excused from these global plans. And funny enough, that's where all our manufacturing is going...