Obama Running Out of Green-Economy Exemplars


Today’s Global Warming Policy Forum offers a pair of additional countries for President Obama to trot out, as he searches for a country to point to as an exemplar of a centrally planned “green economy” — now that the president has dropped (as of his recent Oval Office address) his embarassingly serial call for us to examine the smashing — as in, crashing — successes in Spain, Germany, and Denmark:

Petrol and power prices have risen sharply in New Zealand after the government introduced a controversial emissions trading scheme. The government has pressed ahead with plans to slash the nation’s carbon output, despite widespread opposition and New Zealand’s larger neighbour Australia shelving its own scheme.
–Paul Chapman, The Daily Telegraph, 1 July 2010  

A hidden tax on utility bills is set to double over the next decade, new research has found. The tax is designed to go towards combating the effects of climate change. Director at Mark Todd called the duty “regressive” and warned that it would present the most challenges for the poorest in the UK. “It’s like VAT rise it gets levied on every household. The poorest will actually get hit the hardest. Energy is an essential. You can’t really do without light or warmth,” he explained.
–Integral News, 30 June 2010

So the Brits and Kiwis aren’t having any more luck than the Spaniards, Danes, or Germans — but that didn’t stop Obama from at least trying to claim green-economy successes in those three countries, so why should it in these two new cases? We’ve also seen Italy’s carbon scheme exposed as a debacle, and a Labor government teeter and then fall in Australia after the mere threat of imposing such a scheme.

It’s possible, then, that our president has simply run out of countries to point to. Which means that soon enough we’ll be back to that “we have to be the world leader” bit — which translates into “the plot failed everywhere else.”

Around here, we’d prefer not to lead the world in job-killing energy rationing.


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