March 7, 2008

Creeping Closer Each Day - A Grim Future

The Fort Collins Coloradoan is all aglow about "renewable." About Bill Ritter, they say:

Gov. Bill Ritter is banking his first term as governor, and some say a successful re-election, on what he has dubbed the state’s “New Energy Economy” which promotes Colorado as a renewable energy hub.
It ends the piece with:

The renewable horizon seems to be creeping closer each day. Stay tuned…
So, what can we expect? Take a look at Washington State, which passed a draconian bill this week:

The measure builds on a law that passed last year. That underlying measure set targets to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020; to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2035; and to 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 _ or 70 percent below what is currently predicted for 2050.

The bill that passed Wednesday makes those goals firm requirements.
Bill Ritter seems to lack common sense on this issue and so do the folks in Washington state. An opponent said:

Washington officials are also authorized to work with the Western Climate Initiative, a partnership of six states and two Canadian provinces, in developing a regional cap-and-trade system aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the West.

"They're gonna tell you what size car you're gonna drive, when you're gonna drive it, what size house you'll live in, how big that house is gonna be, and how much electricity you're going to use," said Sen. Jerome Delvin, R-Richland.
Of course, nuclear power is not "green:"

Lawmakers rejected more than a dozen proposed amendments, including one that would recognize nuclear power as a renewable source of energy.
We have looked into the future of Colorado. It is not green, it is grim.

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