Monday, November 07, 2005

State Power!

Individual states in the USA are imposing limits on themselves with Kyoto-like restrictions. This is a good example of how everything in the US has been turned upside down. Republicans are the big spenders, and imposing government control on individuals (military spending, disaster recovery spending, gay marriage) and Democrats are calling for budget cuts and less government interference.

And now it looks like environmentalists should be praising State's rights. Feel free to correct me, but 60 Minutes and 20/20 have taught me that cheering for State's rights is usually the domain of people who keep tanks in their back yards just in case the federal government tries to open a hospital in their county. Finally the environmentalists will have something to talk to them about at the next rally.

This doesn't seem like such a bad outcome, and is a good first step. It must be related to the smoggy summer we just had. Smog is much more tangible than global warming.

I always thought those guys with the tanks made some good points. Flexibility and freedom to make changes (or not) on a small scale is always going to be the best way to demonstrate a good idea and make progress.

Darren J 11/07/2005 03:27:00 p.m.


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