by Tom Tanton, E&E Legal Director of Science and Technology Assessment
As appearing in the Missoulian
The idea of Montana doing things “the California way” doesn’t make much sense. Unfortunately, Montanans might not have a choice if the Obama administration has its way.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon finalize the Clean Power Plan, requiring states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030.
To meet these drastic reductions, which will have no impact on global temperatures, every state, including Montana, will have to impose California-style taxes, manipulate markets, and enforce short-sighted mandates — the same policies that have contributed to the Golden State’s sky-high energy prices and persistently high unemployment.