SEARCH BLOG: STANDARDS
There have been attempts by states to set their own standards for international or national products. For example, California and a few other follower states want to be able to set emission and mileage standards for vehicles made around the world. You want to sell a vehicle in our state, you do what we demand. They've tried to push their demands onto the national stage by either getting a court decree or passing national standards that meet their wishes.
It's likely that they won't get what they want in terms of a national "energy bill", so they will likely do what that can to enact their own rules, regardless.I think that is fair. Consumers in those states should have their choices restricted by their politicians since they were stupid enough to elect them.
How about some other regulations that California could impose:
- all products must be certified as produced in facilities having at least 15% of their electric power produced from renewable resources
- all products must be transported to California using either hybrid electric, hydrogen, or E85 powered vehicles
- all electricity imported into California must be from renewable resources [California doesn't believe in building new power plants for its own needs]
- all products grown in California must be sown/planted and harvested using either hybrid electric, hydrogen, or E85 powered vehicles
- all products shipped from California must be transported using either hybrid electric, hydrogen, or E85 powered vehicles
- all companies doing business in California must be certified as carbon-neutral or carbon-negative... or pay a carbon-penance
Why not? As California goes, so must the rest of the world. You think we're on to something here?
Or the rest of the world can say that 38 million Californians constitute less than 1% of the earth's population... that's too small of a tail wagging a very big dog.
Even absent California's 38 million people, that still leaves a market of 260-270 million others in the U.S. Not that shabby. Meanwhile the cost of doing business or living in California will grow rapidly while choices decrease.I'm really anxiously awaiting the opportunity to see that E85 1/2-ton pickup truck that gets 35 mpg city/highway. That'll be a real winner for anyone who actually wants to use it for something. The cost might be a little more than what you're paying today... even adjusted for inflation.
Sure, companies will make some products that meet California requirements. But if California insists on its own standards, sooner or later companies will say to California customers, "Here are the products that meet your standards. The others you can buy in Nevada, Arizona, or Oregon."
Appropriate consequences, eh?
Has anyone heard about California's secret plans for its own immigration laws? They don't need no rotten Fed laws...