New Jersey governor Jon Corzine signed a bill today calling for profound reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in his state (20% by 2016 and 80% by 2050). Boy, this must really piss off all the Al Gore bashers, not to mention the Anti-Environment Right (though I’m sure the latter will find their way into governors’ wallets soon enough).
Unless we’re psyched about Katrina-size hurricanes ravaging every town on the east coast, we should recognize Corzine’s Global Warming Response Act as a step in the right direction. Our President, however, is against it, for the same reason he’s against stem cell research that might enable us to repair severed spinal columns. Being President is about kissing the asses who got you to the throne. So the main concern of President Bush–already a lame duck as his party begins to paddle away from his blunders–is to make sure a Republican gets elected next term. That means he opposes mandatory cuts on gas emissions and instead advocates “voluntary goals by responsible citizens.” I applaud his speech writers for finding such a fancy way to tell individual citizens it is our responsibility to make up for the Pro-Pollution corporations who manufacture our hairspray and motor oil.