California, the 'modern equivalent of ancient city-states of Athens and Sparta' awakens, with northern friends

Worth repeating: “California rises again with Brown, and it should come as no surprise. California brings the final destiny of our American journey, the final edge of expectation, the end and then the beginning again, the place and time of our American turning. Steve Jobs put it succinctly at the end: ‘The spaceship has landed.’”  The Hill, Aug. 19, 2013.

The Daily Caller reports that three U.S. West Coast states and one Canadian province aren’t waiting for the rest of the world: They are going to impose carbon taxes on their own. On Monday, the governors of California, Oregon and Washington, along with the environment minister of British Columbia, signed an agreement to coordinate global warming policies and mandate the use of green fuels.

“We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change and we are the last generation who can do something about it,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said.

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“California isn’t waiting for the rest of the world before it takes action on climate change,” Brown said in the report. “Today, California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia are all joining together to reduce greenhouse gases.”

The nonbinding pact formally aligns California's clean energy policies with those of Oregon, Washington state and British Columbia, the Los Angeles Times reports.

It is nonbinding because, of course, this could run afoul of the federal government and Congress, which controls commerce via the Commerce Clause. So in the end, this is not really about environmental standards but about what states are allowed to do and the 10th Amendment. And it is not the first time California has thus challenged the feds.

"We are the modern equivalent of the ancient city-states of Athens and Sparta. California has the ideas of Athens and the power of Sparta," said former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), who, as The Washington Post reminded us in their coverage, played Hercules in his first film role. "Not only can we lead California into the future ... we can show the nation and the world how to get there." 

What Brown’s California may be experiencing is the fledgling, saving grace that envisions the end of all probing and invasive “superpowers” dictating their actions and the rise on the North American continent of the organic and natural state, as Tolstoy passionately considered it in the later part of his life. Likewise is Gov. John Kitzhaber's (D) plan to forge Oregon, Washington and California into an economic partnership for economic development and environmental improvement. And there are 30 Republican governors in the middle of the country who fraternally associate to discuss like-minded governance on abortion, guns, marriage, NSA prying, states' rights and ObamaCare. 

These relationships develop naturally among people over time. To thwart them is to bring conflict. That British Columbia has entered now with Western states in a cultural and economic fraternity is interesting but problematic. People should govern and be governed by others like themselves. British Columbia must be asking today just what do they have in common with Quebec and the rugged Atlantic provinces of the Acadians 3,800 miles away? Hockey. And what exactly does Vancouver, the “Grand Jewel of the North,” have in common with Seattle and the progressive Pacific Northwest?

Practically everything else.

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