Chapel Hill is, according to the U.S. Council of Mayors, a “cool city.” In other words, Chapel Hill is an environmentally-friendly city because Chapel Hill “fights” global warming. Chapel Hill does this by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.
A strange, and to me scary part, of all of this initiative is the club known as “The Mayor’s Youth for a Sustainable Future.” Now does that not sound scary to you? According to the town’s official website, “the youth have the most to lose and their voice is largely unheard” on this matter. And in an eerily brave-new-world like sentiment Chapel Hill views sustainability as “a three-legged stool which involves a balanced and holistic approach to addressing the social, economic and environmental needs of a community. Sustainability transcends the issues of age, race, religion, and gender.” Ooooooookayyyyyy.
The mayor of Chapel Hill, Kevin Foy, thinks that this is a good “opportunity for young people to participate in local government.” It will “offer students who complete this program will learn the skills necessary to make positive changes that will have a lasting impression on future generations.” Well it certainly teaches the young, impressionable kids something: namely that big government is good and that global warming is worth cap-and-trade and expensive taxes. Basically, it prepares them to become statists.
Here’s the question you should ask about the “climate change” hysteria: why is this specific environmental concern a central concern of the modern left? Perhaps because they want to control your life through the state? I think so.
Here’s the deal: the earth’s average temperature over the past ten years has cooled as carbon dioxide has increased. Water is the most influential greenhouse-gas emission, contributing to 97% of greenhouse gas emissions.
As a Heritage Foundation study put it, “past observations indicate a global temperature increase of 0.5C over the last 100 years. (It should be noted that almost all of the warming occurred more than 50 years ago, prior to the emission of more than 67 percent of human-generated greenhouse gases. Since 1941, the temperature dropped and then rose about 0.1C.).”
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that reports to the UN has essentially lied numerous times regarding the increase in emissions. I wonder why.
The UN as well as the U.S. Energy Secretary seem interested only in offering wacky ideas such as releasing a report coupled with an encouragement to stop eating meat and a brilliant idea to paint roofs white. Another example of a stupid infringement on your rights with fighting climate change as the excuse is the U.S. government’s 2012 ban on incandescent light bulbs, the much cheaper alternative to fluorescent light bulbs.
Global warming hype is only a tool meant to raise your taxes and increase your dependency on government. I know that sounds so typical coming from me. Well, I am sorry but it is true.
The funny thing is that all of the future plans for the environmental strategy for Chapel Hill are very undefined and unmeasurable. The only concrete promise I can find on their website is to reduce carbon emissions 60% below 2005 levels by 2050. Naturally I see no evidence of any measure of their progress as of yet nor do I conceive of any way to accurately measure their progress.
Dear nearly every other UNC student I have ever met: when it comes to climate change, please think independently. This issue has nothing whatsoever to do with the GOP or Dems, unless of course your secret goal is to increase government power.