New Hampshire Legislature Steps Up to The Plate: They Repeal Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
The New Hampshire legislative leadership found some intestinal fortitude and did the unthinkable: they passed a bill repealing the RGGI, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Their repeal bill still has to pass muster in the state senate but it looks like it is a go there as well. It remains to be seen if the remaining nine mid-Atlantic and coastal states will follow suit but the general consensus seems to be that they will also act to repeal the RGGI.
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative purports to limit so-called greenhouse gases from all kinds of potential pollutant-producers—everything and everyone from power generating facilities to transportation, both private corporations and public entities. The RGGI website claims that all “proceeds” will be invested in “consumer benefits” including energy efficiency (CFLs and LED lights: oh, those light sources where you strike a match to see if they came on or not), renewable energy (those wind power-generating windmills dotting the landscape along the Atlantic coast and the Columbia river gorge in Oregon/Washington that are not turning even when the wind is blowing to name a couple of locations), and other clean energy technologies (like solar power? One huge panel that can generate 45 watts when the sun does shine in, say, places like the Pacific Northwest generating enough temporary power to run the light bulb in the refrigerator if you don’t hold the door open any longer than required to find the mustard) and other similarly “useful” technologies that hold a place in government’s heart.
We have seen where “proceeds” get invested by the government: union protestors make that plain when they gather in lemming-like herds to demand their “rights”. Michelle Malkin makes the point that government and unions, especially public employee unions, scratch each other’s backs (or backsides?) so it’s highly unlikely that any of us will see any real time benefits besides a stomach-wrenching utility bill each month.Continued on the next page