On December 31st 2014 the Marin IJ posted an article: Starting 2015: A Chance to Reboot Priorities that shared that the Marin County supervisors have decided “Topping their list are local priorities aimed at climate change”. My response – how very very convenient for a group of people with an agenda of rapid development and pet transit projects such as extending SMART.
I ask, why isn’t one of the following the #1 priority:
- Dealing with the unfunded pension crisis
- Dealing with increasing traffic & congestion (an issue affecting the most people, with SMART Sonoma County is planning 25,888 new housing units, placing even more burden on highway 101)
- Drought (we may have rain now, but we are in a long term extreme drought)
- Dealing with / helping the homeless
If the #1 Priority is Climate Change Why Don’t Agendas Align With This?
If climate change is indeed the supervisors #1 priority then we should expect the Marin IJ article and the supervisor’s focus to be about the #1 method of abating greenhouse gases according to Marin County’s own Climate Action Plan Update: Promoting the use of solar panels.
However far better to tie the #1 priority to a “sounds right” we have to fight climate change to save the planet policy, and not mention solar panels. Why? Because then the supervisors can tie their favorite projects du jeur to priority #1 – climate change – and many uninformed sheeple will go along with it.
Just look at the county’s own draft climate action plan analysis of how we can make the biggest difference to climate change and assess if they are truly acting on this agenda.
- transit oriented development (abates just 44 tons CO2, just 0.1% of all the measures that might be pursued)
Pushing SMART as a Solution to Climate Change
Commissioner [and Marin Supervisor] Arnold noted that although the updated ridership projections don’t seem to match original projections, a joint review of the Dowling report between SMART, MTC and Dowling resulted in agreement that the numbers were incorrect. (Source: Transportation Authority of Marin meeting notes, June 2011 SMART board meeting)
- Question the numbers
- Run the math
- Ask the questions…