From local San Antonio news about the West Coast:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The governors of Pacific coastal U.S. states and a Canadian province official on Monday vowed to collectively combat climate change by coordinating polices that place a price on greenhouse gas pollution and mandating the use of cleaner-burning fuels.
The governors of California, Oregon, Washington and the environment minister of British Columbia, Mary Polak, gathered in San Francisco to commit to working together to coordinate efforts with the hope of stimulating a clean-energy economy in a region with a combined gross domestic product of $2.8 trillion.
California and British Columbia already have placed a price on greenhouse gas emissions — through cap-and-trade and a carbon tax, respectively — and have also already adopted clean fuel standards.
If this sounds bad, it is actually worse. The governors of Oregon and Washington are making promises for the state in opposition to the current laws of those states.
Under terms of the agreement announced Monday, Oregon and Washington’s governors are committing their states to move forward with similar policies, even though the legislatures of both states have denied previous attempts to adopt cap-and-trade.
Is it really legal for governors to make “agreements” with foreign entities regarding the future of their states when the legislatures have rejected that future? It seems like these states are following the bad example set by US Presidents who meet with the President of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada but keep their agreements off the record. Like the North American Union, the executive branch is of each state is pushing ahead with an agenda and is using the influence of other nations to help in pressuring their own legislatures to go along with that agenda.
The deal stems from the work of the Pacific Coast Collaborative, a group meant to organize climate change and clean energy policies in a region with 53 million people.
Washington’s Inslee supports a statewide cap on carbon-fuel emissions, among several ideas to get the state closer to reaching goals set in 2008 to cut global warming pollution.
Still, getting bipartisan support for a cap-and-trade program in Washington state will be difficult. Former Gov. Chris Gregoire aggressively pushed for and failed to get lawmakers in 2009 to approve a market-based carbon trading system.
Don’t be confused by the term “market-based” the trading system is still a major tax increase. Because any region that adopts this plan will essentially drive out energy producers and other industries out of the state into locations where carbon dioxide is not treated as a pollutant, there is a real need to somehow get everyone to adopt the same tax. That way there is no point in a business moving from one state for another.
As long as the state constitutions are followed, there should be no way for the executives to force their will on to the people of the state. So hopefully, this is nothing more than a PR stunt. However, it comes close to playacting at treason.
The governors of Oregon and Washington don’t have the authority to commit their states to this anti-carbon regime.