February 13, 2007

Welcome to New Jerseyfornia.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 8:01 pm

orzineC.jpgThe entire business (and I use the term “business” advisedly) of “global warming” makes my hair hurt. I suppose you can classify me as one of the “Deniers”.

Perhaps the planet is warming ever so slightly (as of this writing) but it has been warming and cooling in cycles for, oh, about a gazillion years. I also think it is far from clear that human activity has much, if anything, to do with this cycle of heating and cooling, notwithstanding what Al “No Controlling Legal Authority” Gore, the inventor of the internet, has to say on the matter. In addition, I am not persuaded by the pronouncements of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (a political, not a scientific body — of the U.N., no less) urging that human activity is “very likely” the source of “global warming”.

So, imagine how pleased I was to see that Governor Corzine will issue an Executive Order that contains long-term “global warming” goals matched only by those in California. Dude! Global warming – like sooooo not cool.

The state legislature will have to pass a statute in order to implement the goals that are contained in the Executive Order. No problemo, that. Democrats Linda Stender and Barbara Buono are ready to hold hearings on New Jersey’s “Global Warming Response Act”. According to the Star Ledger, The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection “will develop plans for meeting the goals in conjunction with the Department of Transportation, Board of Public Utilities [and] Department of Community Affairs …”

The prospect of four state agencies given the task of writing new regulations is downright frightening. Regulators just love to write regulations – lots of them. More regulations mean more bureaucracy, which in New Jersey means … yes, more taxes. Count on it.

If this continues, one day the only business left in New Jersey will be state government, and the only people left in the state will be state government employees. They can amuse themselves by regulating hell out of one another.

One has to wonder whether this decision to unleash the fury of four state regulatory agencies on the citizens of the Garden State was the net result of careful analysis of a complex issue, or whether it was a politically correct, feel-good maneuver designed to appeal to the folks who put Mr. Corzine into office. According to the Star Ledger, an unnamed Corzine staffer stated, “In the absence of leadership from the Bush administration, state action to address this global challenge is that much more important.”

Well, there you go.


  1. Jim,
    Did you read that there was supposed to be a House hearing on Global Warming tomorrow. It was cancelled due to a snow/ice storm. Oh, the irony.

    Comment by Jerry — February 13, 2007 @ 8:48 pm

  2. “In the absence of leadership from the Bush administration….”

    Do these guys ever wonder why he (Bush) isn’t jumping up and down to “lead” the economy into ruin for a goal that isn’t proven? It’s not CO2 or anything manmade. It’s the sun going through natural fluctuations. JUST LIKE IT HAS DONE BEFORE. (Sorry.)

    Comment by joated — February 13, 2007 @ 9:08 pm

  3. We got a foot of snow today . . . it wasn’t warm. . . can snow be warm?

    Comment by oddybobo — February 13, 2007 @ 11:14 pm

  4. You and yours can move to Florida… we don’t care what you do, as long as you don’t step on turtles… dude.

    Comment by Jean — February 13, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

  5. I so understand! My hair hurts and I don’t live in Joisey. Although Massachusetts is a close third, right behind Illinois.

    Global Warming – another way of saying screw the taxpayers.

    Comment by Teresa — February 14, 2007 @ 12:46 am

  6. We’ve gotten about 1/4 inch of global warmening so far this morning. I blame Al Gore.

    Comment by rita — February 14, 2007 @ 8:03 am

  7. . . . and look at how many of those gazillion years we e-vil meddlesome destructive Americans have been keeping our incredibly accurate and damning little records . . .

    Comment by dogette — February 14, 2007 @ 9:30 am

  8. Look! Around the bend! Another excuse to tax any New Jersey resident making over $60,000!
    Oh, the humanity…
    I’ve excerpted your post on my blog, and provided a half-serious solution….
    Meanwhile, I am burying my money in mason jars in the backyard.

    Comment by Jerseynut — February 14, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

  9. Happy valentine’s day Jim.

    Comment by Libby — February 14, 2007 @ 2:49 pm

  10. I propose that everyone who lives in New Jersey that’s fed up with overtaxation and the nanny state sell your homes, move across the border to Pennsylvania, and buy yourself an early ’60s Chevy with bad rings. Make sure you leave it idling out in your driveway whenever the wind blows from the west.

    That’s my plan.

    Comment by Thomas Pfau — February 14, 2007 @ 6:56 pm


    Comment by bass — February 14, 2007 @ 8:07 pm

  12. I love how every time someone gets his panties in a bunch over global warming Mother Nature responds with a storm cold enough to freeze the stindeens off a brass monkey….

    Comment by caltechgirl — February 15, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

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