Wonder Bread run out of California for carbon diox emissions
Citizens for the California Republic -- Tom McClintock's blog ^ | August 31, 2007 | Tom McClintock
Published On 08-31-2007 , 2:27 PM
Gov. Schwarzenegger’s drive to reduce carbon dioxide emissions got a major boost this week when the makers of Wonder Bread announced the total withdrawal of their bread products from Southern California. Interstate Bakeries, the makers of Wonder Bread, Roman Meal, Home Pride and Baker’s Inn breads announced the closure of four bakeries, 17 distribution centers and 19 outlet stores, leaving 1,300 Californians out of work. The iconic breads – that had been staples of Southern California grocery stores since the 1940s – will completely disappear from shelves starting October 20th.
The parent company, Interstate Bakeries, blamed the high cost of doing business in California. The company has been losing money in California for some time, hit by a number of concerns including declining demand and non-union competitors, but their principal problem was simply California’s growing hostility to human enterprise.
Not mentioned by the company was this grim reality: Gov. Schwarzenegger’s AB 32 mandates a 25 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2020. A principal byproduct of baking bread is – you guessed it – carbon dioxide. Indeed, without carbon dioxide, there’s no such thing as bread as we know it. Bread gets its spongy texture from yeast converting glucose into equal parts of ethyl alcohol and carbon dioxide. The familiar smell of bread baking is the oxidation of the ethyl alcohol as these gases are released during heating.
But not any more. No Wonder.
That California governor must be one of those 'liberals' who is constantly fighting big business, eh?
It takes a lot of dough to operate in California, eh?
As the entry points out, they're losing money and demand for the products is falling. It's a tough market, compete or get out of the way. AB 32 has little to do with this....
"Karloffornia" remains the largest and most successful economy in the US and if taken as a separate nation has the 8th largest GDP in the world, equal to socialist France. Somebody is doing business there.
Wonder Bread is seriously crappy and hardly worthy of the name "bread".
"California Republicans met at their convention near Palm Springs this weekend.(where Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger) called on them to embrace the fight against global warming, support huge tax increases required by his universal health care plan and otherwise move to the center. . . . The governor's message was received with tepid applause, with some delegates sitting on their hands.
"The atmosphere dramatically changed only minutes later when another convention guest, conservative Texas Gov. Rick Perry, strode to the podium. Mr. Perry, a former Democrat, delivered what the San Francisco Chronicle called 'an incendiary address deriding Schwarzenegger-style moderation.'
"He assailed California's 'bankrupt, liberal political philosophy' and, without mentioning his fellow governor's name, made it clear he included Mr. Schwarzenegger in that indictment. 'It's a sad, sad state of affairs when liberals campaign like Republicans to get elected, and Republicans govern like liberals to be loved,' he bellowed, leading the crowd of 400 delegates to give him a standing ovation."
- John Fund, Political Diary, 9/10/07