The Arizona Daily Star reports this morning that Arizona has dropped out of the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), “ending several years of efforts by states and Canadian provinces to force a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Henry Darwin, director of the Department of Environmental Quality, said the problem with the initiative is it proposed a ‘cap and trade’ system.”
I agree that a cap and trade system is an economic killer, unnecessary, and will not have any effect on global temperatures.
Instead of WCI, Arizona is joining “North America 2050, an organization of states that will explore the issue of greenhouse gas emissions, but leave it up to each member to decide what makes sense, both environmentally and economically.” But NA2050 is part of WCI, see here.
North America 2050 has four objectives according to its “fact sheet”:
1. Coordinate efforts to design, promote and implement effective and cost-effective policies;
2. Advocate for the most appropriate roles for federal, state, and provincial governments;
3. Achieve meaningful emission reductions; and
4. Demonstrate the economic and job creation benefits of policies.
Seems rather vague or ambiguous to me. How will they ever demonstrate number three? Considering Arizona’s budget condition, I recommend that Arizona drop the whole thing and not expend resources on this feel-good, politically correct program.
I also recommend that Governor Brewer and Mr. Darwin read my post:
A Perspective on Climate Change a tutorial. That post presents reasons why we should not be concerned with and spend resources on the carbon dioxide-global warming myth.
And for their further edification I recommend they read two other posts: