California global warming regulations voided by judge (updated)
California's sweeping plan to institute cap and trade and regulate "greenhouse gases" has been thrown out by a San Francisco judge.
The California Air Resources Board violated state environmental law in 2008 when it adopted a comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gases and again last year when it passed cap-and-trade regulations, a San Francisco Superior Court judge has ruled in a tentative decision. [snip]In his decision, Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled that the air board approved the larger plan to implement AB32 prior to completing the required environmental review, and that the board failed to adequately consider alternatives to cap and trade.The Air Resources Board "seeks to create a fait accompli by premature establishment of a cap-and-trade program before alternative (sic) can be exposed to public comment and properly evaluated by the ARB itself," Goldsmith found, adding that the air board's "analysis provides no evidence to support its chosen approach."
The propeller-head bureaucrats in the state EPA, the Air Resources Board and the enviro-mentals who passed the "cap and trade" have basically created so god-damned many "green" regulations that no one can keep them all straight and some of the rules are hurting some of the people they are supposed to help. Duhhhhhhhhhhhh......and just think: hundreds of these geniuses are all drawing state salaries and pensions. They just spent 10 years creating a legal "cluster-f++k" that a judge is throwing out in one stroke of the pen. What a typical California scenario!! Even so.....hugs and KISSES to Judge Ernest Goldsmith, possibly the only judge in the city of San Francisco with any sense at all!!!
There will, of course, be appeals. But the greenies have lost a round, tripped up by the complexity of the process they implemented.
Update: A reader advises us this may not be exactly a victory: