Friday, May 08, 2009

QUIT SPENDING! You're ruining the environment! Says Kulongoski

New York Times

Oregon Governor Ted "tax-and-gouge-me" Kulongoski believes that Americans should scale back their consumerism because he feels that it's hurting the environment.
“There’s a lifestyle issue involved in this, about our penchant for consumerism and consumption,” he said, while discussing his support for a state emissions cap-and-trade scheme during a recent interview in Portland.

“Other than taxes,” he added, “the hardest thing I find to talk with my constituents and my citizens about is about changing lifestyles.” He singled out the car companies for their production of sport-utility vehicles.

Kulongoski, claims he became passionate about combating climate change after a son, a geologist began sitting in pages of research about the problem.
Capping carbon and making the transition from fossil fuels is going to cost people money, especially in the economic downturn such as Oregon's 12.1% unemployment, which is the second highest in the nation.
“The environmental predilections in a state like Oregon cost money and constrain decisions, the governor continued, and “you are going to have to do some things you don’t like.”

... like losing your home and not being able to buy medications because you can't find a job?

Sleepy Ted must really be smiling ear to ear about all the businesses that have closed within the last year in the state of Oregon.

But hey, if you don't have a job, you can't drive, you don't have any money to spend and you're not going to create all those nasty pollutants.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or pay taxes! I think he overlooked that.

7:51 AM  
Blogger Bobkatt said...

What is really interesting are the comments to the article:
"we don’t need to change our energy source… We need to change our politicians…"

"blah blah blah…not achievable and unrealistic. The Gov. is a clown"

"Poor poor Kulongoski. So worried about solving the nation’s energy problems, but can’t seem to solve the problems going on here in Oregon. Second highest unemployment rate in the nation and climbing - yet he wants to enact cap and trade which will cause further job loss and consumer prices to inflate."

"The governor has also fully supported the removal of green hydroelectric dams in southern Oregon. He has threatened to sue developers who want to put in LNG terminals in three locations in Oregon."

"One thing environmentalists do not seem to address is over 1,000,000 legal immigrants per year plus another 400,000 to 500,000 illegals per year."

"First wasteful thing we need to curtail is government dependence. If you truly believe in sustainability then you can’t support the energy-wasting, resource-consuming behemoth known as an ‘activist government.'"

"politicians, like the gov of Oregon, are complete morons. let him institute cap and trade, and Oregon business will cap and trade out of Oregon, and then he will have what he wants and some of the environmentalists want-no one living in Oregon."

"Hey you freaks answer me this. Can we make rain yet? Snow? Stop Hurricanes? Then how do you expect to control the environment . Now go comb that grease hair of yours and have a veggie taco and smoke another fat one you loser hippies"

Evidently, the rest of the country has about as much respect for Gov. Kulongoski enjoys about as much respect from the rest of the country as he does in Oregon.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Bobkatt said...

It appears to me that the answer to the problem is not to stop spending but to increase production as the way of creating wealth is to actually increase production. This however seems to diametrically opposite from the course we are on.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

"One thing environmentalists do not seem to address is over 1,000,000 legal immigrants per year plus another 400,000 to 500,000 illegals per year."

... and their "carbon footprint"

8:48 PM  
Blogger Bobkatt said...

Yep, not to mention the urban sprawl, taxation on natural resources, increased need for more infrastructure development and energy output necessary to support the millions of illegals.

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Flu-Bird said...

All this poppycock about GLOBAL WARMING its just a excuse to raise taxes on everyone and throw in even more stupid regulations We certianly dont ned this green bunk and idiotic taxes LETS SLAP A HOT AIR TAX ON AL GORE AND THE GREENS

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