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ACTA President Testifies on County's Community Energy Plan

At its "recessed" meeting last night, the Arlington County Board voted to "advertise" a "public hearing on transforming (the county's) energy future, according to the county press release issued last night. Below is testimony of ACTA's president made before the Board set Tuesday evening, May 17, as the hearing date. This is in addition to a Planning Commission hearing on May 2 (at 7:00 PM) as well as a County Board work session on May 3 (3:00 - 5:00 PM).

ACTA's president, Tim Wise told the Board:

"As I understand your plan, you are predicting the future of energy and the environment. However, as Yogi Berra once said, “Prediction is hard, especially about the future.”

"I urge you to visit the Reason.tv website, and watch their video entitled, “The Top Five Environmental Disasters that Didn't Happen.” Such predictions as the extinction of 70-80% of all animal species by 1995 or one predicting that crude oil would be used up by the year 2000. The top one, though, is the Malthusian famine. You remember that one -- where Paul Ehrlich predicted in 1968, “The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970's the world will undergo famines -- hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.”

"The basis for your desire to waste tax dollars seems to the assertion on page ES-1 that: “Overwhelming scientific evidence indicates carbon dioxide from the combustion of fossil fuels is the major contributor to climate change.” As Richard Lindzen, one of the foremost experts on global warming, recently said, “Climate change is the norm. If you want something to worry about, it would be if the climate were static. It would be like a person being dead.”

"More citizens are questioning the conventional wisdom about global warming (here and here). For example, a recent Gallup poll shows significantly fewer Americans feel threatened by global warming, dropping from 63% in 2007 to 53% in 2010. Even in Western Europe, the number has dropped from 66% to 56% over the same period.

"I encourage you to read the op-ed by Dr. Fred Singer published earlier this month by The American Thinker. He argues that ‘sustainable development’ “is basically a slogan without a specific meaning . . . (and) masquerades as a call for clean energy, green energy, and suggests a pristine existence for us and our progeny -- forever.”

"Before you decide to advertise the energy report today, I urge you to talk with some heretics of global warming, and you’ll learn just how smart Yogi Berra really was. You’ll also learn just how wrong “overwhelming scientific evidence” can be.

More information is available at the Community Energy Plan's webpage where you can find the report, including the Executive Summary (as a separate document); the CEP's frequently asked questions (FAQs); and various other documents. In addition, the press release provides links to several documents including the "press kit" on the CEP.

Finally, you can watch the testimony at the Board's "meetings and agendas" webpage. The testimony was limited to three minutes. Click-on "consent agenda" where his comments begin at the 1 hr + 30 min mark.

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