A few weeks ago Assemblyman Chuck DeVore had an Op-Ed printed in Investor’s Business Daily regarding the need to lift the ban on building new nuclear power plants in California to comply with AB32 The California Global Warming Act of 2006.Ã‚Â In his commentary DeVore said:
Global warming has become a lot like the weather: Everyone talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.
In environmentally conscious California, a poll found that 54% of residents believe “global warming poses a very serious threat to the state’s future economy and quality of life.” But only 13% claim to carpool and 7% use mass transit. In other words: Do as I want you to do, not as I do.
Meanwhile the California legislature, reflecting the conventional wisdom, has passed a sweeping new greenhouse gas law that calls for a 25% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2020 Ã¢â‚¬â€ while the state’s population is projected to grow 20% to 44 million people.
Passing the law was the easy part. Now we implement.
Perhaps this is where the majority of Californians were right Ã¢â‚¬â€ but not for the right reason Ã¢â‚¬â€ when they agreed that “global warming poses a very serious threat to the state’s future economy.
“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25% in 13 years while growing the economy to support 7 million more people will, to put it mildly, be a challenge. Thirteen years is not a long time to dramatically change the way California uses energy.
Reading Chuck’s comments you would assume thatÃ‚Â he believes that global warming is a problem to be addressed and that he actually supported the passage ofÃ‚Â AB32.Ã‚Â
You would be wrong. Assemblyman Chuck DeVore voted against the legislation in the Assembly.Ã‚Â I also doubt that Assemblyman DeVore believes global warming is a problem.Ã‚Â I believe he sees the issue of global warming simply as a way to restart the building of nuclear power plants in California.Ã‚Â I wouldn’t be surprised if DeVore did not also support the provision of loan guarantees and/or public financing for nuclear power plant constructionÃ‚Â so that the profits of the utility companies can be enhanced.
I guess DeVore could argue that he is simply trying to make lemonade out of the lemon he considers the global warming legislation.Ã‚Â I think it is more a case ofÃ‚Â good old Chuck DeVore contributing in his own way to global warming, one word at a time.