It didn’t take the former Governor of the largest state (in terms of physical size) long to respond to the current Governor of the largest state (in terms of population) after he criticized her “stance on global warming“. Seems kind of strange when a politician whose popularity is waning takes on one who’s popularity is waxing. Maybe Arnold is playing to the sentiments of the politically correct set in the Golden State.
Also seems Schwarzenegger, just like those in the media, got that good woman’s stance wrong. In her response on Facebook, Sarah Palin pointed out:
While I and all Alaskans witness the impacts of changes in weather patterns firsthand, I have repeatedly said that we can’t primarily blame man’s activities for those changes. And while I did look for practical responses to those changes, what I didn’t do was hamstring Alaska’s job creators with burdensome regulations so that I could act “greener than thou” when talking to reporters.
Emphasis added. And there you have it. In just nineteen words, she gets at the biggest problem in the Golden State. Our elected elites want to regulate our way to perfection, to show how much better they are than the rest of the country.
And the unelected bureaucrats are helping out as well. Just last month,
the California Energy Commission approved a groundbreaking series of efficiency standards for televisions, the first time government at any level in the United States has meddled in the details of how our boob tubes are made. The new rules set maximum power-consumption standards for TVs of up to 58 inches, starting in 2011 and becoming considerably tighter in 2013, and prohibit California retailers from selling sets that break the rules. Only a quarter of all televisions currently on the market would comply with the new regulations.
Emphasis added. Greener than other state, California may be, but less free than others we increasingly are. No wonder employers and individuals are fleeing the state, with one in eight of those who remain out of work.