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No Surprise, County Board “Accepts” Energy Plan

To no one’s surprise, last night, the Arlington County Board “accepted,” the “Community Energy and Sustainability Task Force Report” that was developed after last year’s Board chairman, Jay Fisette, and his colleagues adopted the “green ribbon” CES task force charter and appointed CES members on January 1, 2010 (link is to Mr. Fisette’s New Year’s Day 2010 “organizational meeting speech).

According to an online news report posted today by the Arlington Sun Gazette’s Scott McCaffrey, the Board’s “acceptance” of the report sets “the stage for another 18 months of effort before the specifics begin being incorporated into development planning.” He further reports:

“The task force report, completed in March after more than a year of study, calls for efforts to reduce the “carbon footprint” of the county by more than two-thirds, from 13.4 metric tons of carbon-dioxide emissions per person to 3 tons or less by 2050.

“The proposal represents a chance to “think a little bigger and look a little further down the road” than conventional planning, said County Board member Jay Fisette.”

The ACTA president testified at the meeting, focusing his remarks on global warming since the entire plan is predicated on reducing carbon-dioxide emissions in Arlington County. Other than the opening remarks, his testimony follows:

I’m sure you were happy yesterday after reading the lead editorial about climate change in yesterday’s Washington Post. However, as the Heartland Institute responded, most of the authors of the report The Post relied upon “have no formal training in climate science, and nearly all of whom had a longstanding record of global warming activism” before selection to the panel. For example, the vice chairman served for years as a top staffer for the Environmental Defense Fund environmental activist group.”

So much for activism!

Now let me tell you about David Evans, a mathematician and engineer with a PhD from Stanford University in electrical engineering. More importantly, he consulted for the Australian Greenhouse Office (now the Department of Climate Change) for eight years, modelling Australia's carbon in plants, mulch, soils, forestry,  etc. Sounds like he would have fit right in with the consultants of this project.

The reason I mention David Evans, however, is because of the op-ed he wrote in Canada’s Financial Post on April 8, 2011. The op-ed was based upon comments made to the Anti-Carbon-Tax Rally in Perth, Australia, on March 23.

First, he says, “The debate about global warming has reached ridiculous proportions and is full of micro-thin half-truths and misunderstandings,” adding that he was “a scientist who was on the carbon gravy train,” and that he “understands the evidence, was once an alarmist (himself), but (is) now a skeptic.” At first he was amused as global warming unfolded, but it’s now “tearing society apart, (and) making fools out of our politicians.”

Is there global warming? Evans sets “a few things straight” when he says:

“The whole idea that carbon dioxide is the main cause of the recent global warming is based on a guess that was proved false by empirical evidence during the 1990s. But the gravy train was too big, with too many jobs, industries, trading profits, political careers, and the possibility of world government and total control riding on the outcome. So rather than admit they were wrong, the governments, and their tame climate scientists, now outrageously maintain the fiction that carbon dioxide is a dangerous pollutant.

“Let's be perfectly clear. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, and other things being equal, the more carbon dioxide in the air, the warmer the planet. Every bit of carbon dioxide that we emit warms the planet. But the issue is not whether carbon dioxide warms the planet, but how much.”

According to Evans, “The planet reacts to that extra carbon dioxide, which changes everything. Most critically, the extra warmth causes more water to evaporate from the oceans. But does the water hang around and increase the height of moist air in the atmosphere, or does it simply create more clouds and rain? Remember, moist air is also a greenhouse gas.”

It’s my understanding the extent of global warming is officially measured by ground-level thermometers. However, Evans says, in a survey, 90% of the official thermometers violated official siting requirements by being too close to an artificial heating source. A question you should be asking is why when we have weather satellites capable of measuring “nearly the whole planet 24/7, “Why does ‘official science’ track only the surface thermometer results and not mention the satellite results?”

Earlier, I noted, Evans admitted to being on the global warming gravy train. In closing, let me ask you why your energy plan report so closely tracks track the local government’s executive guide for developing energy efficiency and sustainability plans that was published by IBM? And have you been scammed by Big Environment? Arlington taxpayers would like to know.

We expect to address more fully the efforts of the energy/sustainability effort in the coming days and months. If you are interested in learning more about the county's agenda in pushing energy/sustainability plan, contact ACTA's president, Tim Wise.

p.s. Links for the sources for the testimony will be posted tomorrow. You can watch last night's Board meeting at this Board webpage.

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