Why California Prop 23 Mattered in Maryland
Prop 23 in California failed, but my Washington Examiner post looked at why it’s success could have helped Maryland stave off Martin O’Malley’s storm of global warming tax increases, fees, and regulations. A snippet:
The outcome of Proposition 23 in California could have an effect on Maryland. If
successful Proposition 23 would suspend the implementation of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act until the state’s employment situation rebounds.
A successful Prop 23 outcome would go a long way in delegitimizing Maryland’s version of California’s job killing regulatory nightmare. In 2009, Governor Martin O’Malley championed and the General Assembly passed the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act, which mandates the state reduce it’s GHG emissions to 25% of 2006 levels by 2020. The law comes from the recommendations of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change. The commission created by an O’Malley executive
order and it’s work outsourced to a global warming alarmist advocacy group
the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS). CCS was also instrumental in
California’s global warming law. According to the Capital Research Center
“CCS persuades governors to appoint “study commissions” on global warming, then steers the policy process, rigging commission proceedings to produce a predetermined result: higher energy costs, diminished property and other individual rights, and more Big Government.”
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Indeed from the beginning, CCS tells it’s clients, “participants will not debate the science of climate change.” They told the same to officials from the Maryland Department of the Environment, the agency tasked with implementing regulations to meet the mandates of this law. CCS boasts it’s ability to bring in outside funding to support it’s work. In Maryland’s case, the radical Town Creek Foundation paid CCS $100,000 in 2007 to perform the work of Maryland’s climate commission. Town Creek’s board of director’s decide, which organizations receive grants. One board member Donald Boesch, president of the University Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences, also happens to be a member of the climate change commission. In total Town Creek has given UMCES $215,000.
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