CA leads the way
Every so often, government takes the lead. This happened a few years ago when a law was passed requiring communities to curtail what went into their dumps and landfills, cutting back by so many percent over the next few years. By having the issue pushed down their throats, communities were forced to embrace recycling in a big wayâ€”bigger than industry could deal with, at first, as mountains of plastic jugs and newspaper began to accumulate, dutifully set aside for the overbooked manufacturing plants. The early problems have been beaten down, however, and the wholesale covering-over of perfectly good land is slowing a little.
Now my state legislators have decided to tackle global warming, on their own and thumbs-to-the-nose at the Feds. One in eight Americans live in this state. California has a bigger GNP than most of the worldâ€™s countriesâ€”the worldâ€™s sixth largest economy. In turn, of course, we consume more than our fair share of everything. But now weâ€™re going to require the stateâ€™s producers of greenhouse gases to cut their emissions by twenty-five percent in the next fourteen years. Itâ€™s a pragmatic plan, by which companies that cut more than what is required get credits that they can sell to other, less adaptive companiesâ€”not perfect, but workable.
When we had tax credits for solar devices a few years back, there was a tremendous boost to solar technology. When the Republicans allowed the tax credit to lapse, growth of solar industries slowed. This Californian law will encourage green industries once again, and with luck, lead the way for the rest of the country.
Who knows? Our great-grandchildren may even be able to breathe.