California is once again leading the way in global climate change. States such as Washington and New York have failed miserably in their duties to the environment; their policies include outdated rules that cast aside laws that by now should be ruled as traditional. Inside executive suites Palo Alto, the lawmakers work hand in hand with the conservation teams to ensure dedicated programs that neatly fit into the ethos of nature conservation and the halt of climate change. California leads the charge again by approving a ‘Cap and Trade’ program for their greenhouse gasses. Cap and Trade provides incentives to major corporations who control their greenhouse emissions.
This was an insanely difficult task and the state planned to roll back the legislature almost immediately – as in their minds there were hundreds of reasons for cutting the Cap and Trade plan altogether. Some of the complaints included: the costs of combating climate change – millions of dollars spent on a ‘useless’ commodity; that it is not the correct time to begin the implementation of this program; and that the Cap and Trade be unfair to the massive companies who rely on the government to bail them out during crucial financial mishaps.
The plan was voted and won by a landslide – a nine to one ruling on a landmark decision that will change the face of corporate waste management, toxic emissions and so on. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger mirrored the climate changes victory with a single statement, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
For the millions who live in simple homes or work in executive suites, the decision to incorporate conservation into the multi-billion dollar corporations comes as a relief to our suffering ecosystem. It may take hundreds of years to reverse the existing damage to our planet, with California as a shining example for all to follow.