Here in California, our collapsing economy is being pushed even further into the abyss by Gov. Schwartzenegger’s misguided “green” laws. (When Arnold found the going tough in staunching our arterial budget bleed out, he shrugged his shoulders and worked with the Left legislature to push global warming hysteria policies intended to turn us Green. Instead, the state has assumed the palor of death, and jobs are fleeing elsewhere.)
Apparently New Jersey did the same thing. Gov. Christie, however, has decided that at some point sanity must prevail. From the story:
Gov. Chris Christie is taking $65 million, the entire allocation, from the state’s global warming fund, and $5.9 million, from the toxic waste site cleanup program, to help close the over $10 billion deficit in his $29.3 billion 2010-11 state budget, the state environmental protection commissioner said Monday. In discussing the Department of Environmental Protection’s proposed $380.6 million budget before the Assembly Budget Committee in Trenton, Commissioner Bob Martin said he hopes the loss of the $65 million, funding for the state’s role in a regional effort to combat global warming, will only be for one year. He told the committee that DEP staff will continue to attempt to work against global warming and so-called greenhouses gasses despite the lack of money.
I am not in favor of halting toxic cleanups, but broke states taking money away from schools, infrastructure repair, and health care to fight “global warming” is folly. Christie is leading the way to sanity. Arnold–please follow Gov. Christie’s lead. Oh, and reopen our coast to oil drilling. We need the energy, the money, and the jobs.
HT: Planet Gore