by Katy Grimes, E&E Legal Senior Media Fellow
As Appearing in the Flash Point Report
California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order Wednesday for a new target for greenhouse gas emissions cuts. Brown said it was critical to address what he called “an ever-growing threat” posed by global warming to California’s economy and well-being. Brown’s order goes even further than Pres. Obama’s radical proposals, but aligns with the European Union and United Nations proposals. Jerry Brown has jumped-the-shark on climate change (Origin of this phrase comes from a Happy Days episode where the Fonz jumped a shark on waterskis. Thus was labeled the lowest point of the show).
Senate Republican Minority Leader Bob Huff correctly replied to Brown’s latest edict:
“The state already has the nation’s most stringent goals. Before moving the goal post, we should be careful about the impact of increased energy costs. These higher costs will hurt the low income and working poor the hardest and will create an even greater divide between the haves and have nots. At what point does being on the leading edge of climate change and environmental reform impact our ability to create or sustain jobs?”
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything,” Alexander Hamilton famously said. And so it goes with Gov. Jerry Brown and his latest edict on climate change.