This is funny.
A group in California is working on a ballot initiative to suspend implementation of AB 32, the state’s global warming law, until California’s unemployment drops below 5.5% for four consecutive quarters. No big fans of green jobs, one presumes. Their proposed title? The “California Jobs Initiative.”
The Luntzian nomenclature reminds me of Bush’s “Healthy Forests Initiative,” which did have its own perverse logic, in that a clearcut forest and denuded hillsides are significantly less at risk for major fires.
In any event, California Attorney General Jerry Brown gets final say on ballot initiative naming, and he prefers: “Suspends air pollution control laws requiring major polluters to report and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.”
Now the sponsoring group is reportedly threatening to sue.
Which reminds me of Fox News’ lawsuit against Al Franken for using “Fair and Balanced” in his book title–an effort entirely welcomed by Franken, as the controversy put his book onto bestseller lists and kept it there for a long time.
Fox had the last laugh, though. After the judge threw out their case, they dropped their lawsuit, saying:
“It’s time to return Al Franken to the obscurity that he’s normally accustomed to,” Fox News spokeswoman Irena Steffen said.
Anyway, I wonder what Senator Franken has to say about the ballot initiative?