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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Revenge Served Jersey-style (over easy)

The Washington Post ran
this guest column by former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman on Monday, in response to the Supreme Court's ruling in EPA v Massachusetts.

The Whitman column, as a gesture, should be read as a particularly tasty slap at the Bush White House for its scorn-worthy global warming policies since the 2000 inauguration. Whitman resigned from the post in 2003 after Bush politicos forced EPA to remove all global warming references from the agency's regulatory agenda for , as Whitman related in her 2004 book,
Its My Party Too. She spoke with NPR's Terry Gross about the book in 2005. Audio is available here. For the nerdiest among you, there is this January 2007 article in Foreign Policy, titled "Seven Questions: Christine Todd Whitman on Global Warming."

Sadly, she backs away from the more forthright stance she maintained in her book, offering:
Back when he was governor of Texas, President Bush enacted mandatory caps on carbon emissions in his state. During the 2000 presidential campaign, he promised to regulate carbon emissions nationwide. Shortly after taking office, though, he backed away from that pledge. There were good domestic reasons at the time, but those reasons are no longer valid.
Calling Big Oil and Karl Rove's … err, I mean Bush's motivations for backing away from his campaign pledge to regulate CO2 "good policy reasons" is a poor joke and a cynical political statement. The record indicates that Bush's people recognized that CO2 regulation would be an inevitability, but to help the pollution lobby maximize the value of its investments in unclean industrial technology, the few extra years without such regulation would pay-off amply. Such has been the case. Now, Gov. Whitman wants to praise Duke Energy and its ilk for expressing a willingness to come around.

A few years too late, if you ask me.

In Related News …

A trial started today in Burlington, Vermont, in the first dispute following EPA v. Massachusetts addressing whether states are preempted by the federal government from regulating carbon dioxide emissions from cars.
Here's another story looking at the link between the state and federal cases, while here's another that looks at Vermont's rule from the carmaker point of view. Another NY Times article, here, looks at the serendipitously-timed New York International Auto Show. It notes, optimistically, that:
No matter what is instituted, however, carmakers are getting the message that fuel economy is going to go up as part of the fight against global warming, even if government action is still several years away.

Given that, carmakers said at the New York show that they want to be included in the dialogue, not shunted aside because of their past resistance.

“We very much want to work with Congress,” said Derrick M. Kuzak, group vice president for global product development at the Ford Motor Company, echoing the official stance of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, an industry trade group.

Mr. Kuzak went on, “We recognize that CO2 is an issue and we want to be part of the solution, but it has to be technology-based, and affordable.”
We'll see, I guess.



Anonymous Mike said...

OMG update your blog. What am I paying for here?

7:29 PM

Blogger Rikki said...

Kid -

Considering it's more than a month ago that I posted this and it appears you're the first person to check in with a post, I shall give your comments the weight they deserve.

By the way, what's with the "for sale by owner" sign in your yard?

Poor. I deserve notice.

9:16 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Waiting for a new post here is like waiting for the Super Melon reunion tour... probably ain't gonna happen, and even if it does it will likely be monumentally dissapointing.

1:22 PM

Anonymous Grummy said...

Super Melon reunite!

1:55 PM


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