Archive for June 11th, 2009

San Francisco: The recycling police state

June 11, 2009

San Franciscans will soon be fined unless they dispose of trash and recycle precisely according to the scheme below:


San Francisco’s idea has some merit — but we recommend the following improvements to the scheme:


Click here for the San Francisco Chronicle report.

Green lawsuit in California seen as warm-up for future climate litigation

June 11, 2009

Carbon Control News reports that two “environmental justice” groups (Communities for a Better Environment and California Communities Against Toxics) sued the state of California on June 10 alleging the state’s climate change program violates its 2006 global warming law. [Click here for the summary].

Carbon Control News rightly pointed out that the lawsuit

… could foreshadow similar legal challenges facing a federal GHG cap-and-trade program, because the California groups, who question the effectiveness of emissions trading, are also opposed to the Waxman-Markey climate change legislation.

The lesson here — especially for USCAP’s business members — is that while businesses may feel like they can deal with seemingly “mainstream” green groups (like USCAP’s Environmental Defense Fund and Natural Resources Defense Council) in crafting a survivable climate bill, in the end the more extreme green groups will come along and try to scuttle the deal in favor of more extreme regulation.