And because, in New York smoked salmon is a fungible good, the price of smoked salmon is determined by the market for smoked salmon. If the governor of Oregon required all salmon smokers to use carbon free smoke agents, it's possible that the Oregon's smoked salmon producers may, after a while, be able to produce smoked salmon. But taking commonly used smoking agents out of the smoke process to satisfy the carbon tastes of one man, or a legislature, doesn't mean that the cost of producing "smoked salmon" won't be affected, or that the product, after all, will be a superior product. In fact, if government were to arbitrarily regulate the ingredients of smoking a salmon, it could be easily predicted that the product wouldn't be pleasing to the taste, or the pocketbook, of the buying public.
Energy is a resource. Whether its coal or petroleum, we use it because it is cheap. Solar power may be viewed as an unlimited resource, but the cost of using solar power is higher than using coal or petroleum. So, what to do, what to do.
Let's create a scare. Let's call it "Global Warming". Back in the '70's the scare was nitrates. So, building moratoriums were put in place. Add a few "conservation" lawyers, and years, decades, were added to projects in Lane county. After all, conservation is good. For lefties, land use was bad. What a caveman concept.
Today's caveman concept is "Global Warming". It doesn't matter that the impecunious notion of "limited global resources" has never proved to be the case. From Malthus to M. King Hubbert, scarcity theory has relied upon absurd assumptions of resource allocation. None of these theories, even the wild theories of Zero Population Growth have proven to be true. Simply, simply, false.
Just as communism has fallen by the wayside, one would hope that fanatical belief in apocalyptic visions of future capitalistic societies would fade...at some point. But it doesn't. As Eli Wallach, as Calver, says, "If God did not want them sheared, he wouldn't have made them sheep."
That isn't good enough for me. The people of Oregon are being led down the path of idiocy by a poltroon who won't admit that he has dug himself a hole, and won't climb out. Just take a look at his current plan.
It is a plan that he, himself, acknowledges, will create higher energy costs for Oregonians. But is he brave enough to just say, no?
He is the man of the Lefties. He is a man committed to a vision of Oregon that doesn't exist. There are 44 other states with higher rates of employment than Oregon. And he pretends to lead us? This vision of his has led to higher tax and lower employment rates than that of any of his predecessors. The man's policies are a walking train-wreck, and we're just supposed to take a popularity poll and let it go?
No. We don't have to do so. We can point out at every corner that the "Emperor Has No Clothes". I cannot support a governor who turns his back on unemployed Oregonians. I cannot support a governor who will not allow businesses to develop and grow in Oregon. I cannot support a governor who has turned logic on its head, and declared that by making Oregon a more expensive state to live in, he is taking care of the poorest among us. The poor do not want a state provided tit to suckle. The unemployed men and women of this state want a chance to have dignity. A chance to have an honest job.