06-30-08: Just when you might of started thinking that California was not run by a bunch of whack jobs, another state sponsored “Green” initiative to raise awareness of “global warming” has been foisted upon the auto industry. California has bought on to the Great Global Warming Swindle hook line and sinker. And if you are a resident of the state, you get to be a part of it whether you like it or not. The Detroit News is reporting that all new vehicles sold in California starting next year will have to display window labels that rate their “environmental score”.
The “Green Stickers” will carry scores, from 1-10, to supposedly reflect the level to which vehicles contribute to “global warming” and smog. So, if the score is low, you are a dirty dog who is killing the planet one tank at a time. If the score is high, you are better than everyone else and drive with your nose in the air. Being printed and designed by the California Air Resources Board, you also get the pious admonition on the sticker: “Protect the environment, choose vehicles with higher scores.”
We can only imagine what the score on a Shelby GT-500KR will be. Maybe they should have a “less than zero” score? Perhaps California should also start to levy a “sin tax” for cars that are below the average mark, so they can use this new tool to actually punish drivers for their blatant disregard for the planet. At the very least, they should issue a scarlet letter type of emblem on the rear deck that prominently displays to all the iniquity of the car and its owner. Maybe they could even force a mandatory “Global Warmer” license plate that only comes in brown for less than average cars.
California says it wants to “educate” consumers about ill effects of the cars they buy with the global warming and smog labels. “This label will arm consumers with the information they need to choose a vehicle that saves gas, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and helps fight smog all at once,” said Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board. “Consumer choice is an especially powerful tool in our fight against climate change.”
Keep in mind that this is a state where governing forces are drunk on the concept of “raising awareness” as opposed to actually solving the state’s real problems. Of course the far loon environmentalist groups that are shoving the “global warming” theory down everyone‘s throats are jumping up and down with glee. “For most people in California, driving a car is the No. 1 way they pollute,” said Spencer Quong, a senior vehicles analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists. “These labels are simple and straightforward and will make identifying a greener car easier than ever.”
So if you live in California you can feel good that your government has just cured “global warming” with stickers. Although, it is likely that the carbon footprint involved with the manufacture of millions of these stickers and their subsequent trip to the landfills will be higher than anything their “awareness” reduces in the real world. We hope they are made with recycled paper and organic ink.