This is about what I expected.
With three of 29 members voting no, the task force adopted a compromise that calls for the state to bring down emissions linked to global warming by 22% by 2022.
The proposal also endorses a plan to reduce the state’s global warming emissions by 70% from 1990 levels by 2050.
Among those voting in favor of the deal: the state’s five investor-owned utilities, businesses including S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. and Johnson Controls, as well as environmental groups including the Sierra Club, Clean Wisconsin, the Nature Conservancy and 1000 Friends of Wisconsin.
Voting against the recommendations were three manufacturing firms, Ariens Co., NewPage Corp. and General Motors Corp.
Key elements of the package include recommendations to boost funding for energy efficiency and conservation, as well as mass transit. In addition, the proposal recommends that the state move to supply 10% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2013 - and 25% by 2025. Finally, the recommendations would relax some of the restrictions currently in place against building.
The task force voted for massive spending and massive government regulation. That sounds about normal. Just look at the breakout of the vote. With a few exceptions, the people voting for this are government-enforced monopolies, environmental groups, and entrenched businesses who won’t be affected much by the proposals. The people voting against it are businesses in the private sector who are already facing problems. One could tell by the way this task force was stacked that this was the inevitable result.
And, of course, this doesn’t matter at all to ones who insist on this kind of burdensome “solution:”
But NewPage and other paper-makers are closing mills and scaling back production because of the economic downturn, he said.
“It’s going to increase costs substantially, at a time when we are already shutting down equipment,” Scharff said. “We can no longer afford more costs.”
Screw ‘em, right?
JCI is a ‘green profiteer,’ and the Johnson family is a bunch of enviro-loonies—they won’t have to worry about their $1 Bn. estates. WEeners doesn’t give a rip—ratepayers pay, not the utility.
Dan Ariens could, easily, pick up and move the Company, although it would be bothersome. GM gets it.
You’re right: it’s Hudge and Gudge (Big Gummint/Big Biz) against the little guys.
Buy more ammo.
This has nothing to do with controlling emissions, but rather, controlling your life.
After more than 30 years of trying, far left liberal environmental extremists (Tia Nelson, Sierra Club, Clean Wisconsin) have finally succeeded.
Their success, though, is all of our failures.