John Fund of the Wall Street Journal reports today about a simmering controversy within the Western Governors Association, which holds its annual meeting this weekend, over how the WGA used resources and manpower to work on the development of the Western Climate Initiative. As Fund learned from one Western governor, WGA is supposed to operate on a consensus of its members:
(The governor) says the WGA’s involvement in planning climate change proposals is serious overreach. “The dues states give WGA come from tax money and I was surprised to learn just how much the WGA seems to be getting ahead of many of the states on carbon regulation,” he told [Fund].
Other governors were unaware of the extent of the WGA/WCI collaborative work as well, and some — perhaps Gov. Palin of Alaska, Gov. Gibbons of Nevada and Gov. Otter of Idaho — may not be happy about what else they learn.
Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., the pending appointee of President Obama’s as ambassador to China, will chair the WGA proceedings this weekend. A Schwarzeneggar clone on climate, he may get an earful.