Bankrotskap! Aardverwarming

Die Cape Times het onlangs op sy voorblad berig dat die Wes-Kaap Suid-Afrika se Kalifornië wil word. ‘n Dag of wat later hol Die Burger agterna.

Die hele gedoente berus op die foutiewe aanname dat CO2 die oorsaak is van klimaat verandering.

Kalifornië voel nou aan sy bas hoedat duur maatreëls ‘n groot ekonomie op sy knieë kan dwing.

Hier is enkele aanhalings uit die Wall Street Journal (The Wall Street Journal, 31 January 2009 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123336500319935517.html).

Los Angeles. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was all smiles in 2006 when he
signed into law the toughest anti-global-warming regulations of any
state. Mr. Schwarzenegger and his green supporters boasted that the
regulations would steer California into a prosperous era of green jobs,
renewable energy, and technological leadership. Instead, since 2007 —
in anticipation of the new mandates — California has led the nation in
job losses.

Meanwhile, the state is losing jobs, a lot of them. California’s
unemployment rate hit 9.3% in December, up from 4.9% in December 2006.
There are now 1.5 million Californians out of work. The state has the
fourth-highest housing foreclosure rate in the nation, has lost more
businesses than any state in recent years, and is facing a $40 billion
deficit. With cap and trade firmly in place, the economic situation is
only likely to get worse.

Other states are plundering the Golden State’s industries by convincing
businesses to pick up stakes and move out before the cap-and-trade
earthquake hits. Governors and Washington politicians who want to
reduce their “carbon footprint,” but are worried about the more
immediate crises of cascading unemployment, unbalanced budgets, and the
housing-market collapse, would be wise not to follow California’s lead.
Green policies have a tendency to push states into the red.

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