Sun. Oct 20th, 2019

The Regional Local weather Safety Authority

Visitor Publish by Willis Eschenbach

I dwell in Sonoma County, one of many extra “woke” counties in that “woker than you possibly can ever hope to be” state, California. So in fact, having solved all different issues, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has declared a “local weather emergency”.

Right here’s their justification for saying it’s an EMERGENCY!!!

“Local weather change is probably the most vital subject we face at the moment and we universally should not appearing quick sufficient to avert substantial harm to the financial system, setting, and human well being within the coming many years,” mentioned Board of Supervisors Chair David Rabbitt. “On a neighborhood degree, we proceed to expertise excessive climate-related occasions, together with six years of current droughts, devastating wildfires, and extreme flooding. 

Oh, please. The climate is NOT probably the most vital subject we face in Sonoma County, that’s political bloviating. For one instance, the county is approaching chapter from paying the salaries and pensions of the ever-multiplying host of pluted bloatocrats holding authorities sinecures. Let’s see, which is extra vital? Going bankrupt tomorrow OR perhaps warming by a level by 2050? Robust alternative, I do know.

Right here’s one other vital subject. The county seat is the city of Santa Rosa. It’s on the checklist of the highest 5 cities for complete variety of homeless—LA, San Francisco, Seattle, San Jose, and Santa Rosa. Appears kinda like a “vital subject” to me, our piss-ant city making the highest 5 within the homelessness sweepstakes …

And in any case, the Supervisors are appearing as if California has by no means had droughts, floods, or wildfires earlier than. It is a joke, as any long-time resident can let you know. California is the house of all the above in spades and all the time has been. Geologically, hundred-year droughts should not unusual, so the whining of the Supes about “six years of current droughts” merely reveals their ignorance of the topic.

The story continues:

The adopted decision features a directive to associate with Sonoma County’s Regional Local weather Safety Authority (RCPA) to battle local weather change by growing and implementing the 2030 Local weather Emergency Mobilization Technique. The Technique will determine key native actions, together with a listing of probably the most impactful native insurance policies to drive system adjustments and determine key areas for state degree advocacy.

RCPA? Regional Local weather Safety Authority? Say what? By no means heard of it. However the authors clarify it:

Sonoma County stays the one county in the US to create a regional authority to coordinate and assist local weather motion countywide. Shaped in 2009, RCPA collaborates with native businesses on setting objectives, pooling assets, and formalizing partnerships to create native options that complement state, federal, and personal sector actions to cut back emissions of greenhouse gases.

They are saying Sonoma is the “solely county in the US” to interact in this type of feelgood madness as if that had been factor …

Nonetheless, we will’t have unformalized partnerships in Sonoma County, I suppose. Listed here are their mission and imaginative and prescient statements …

MISSION

RCPA leads a neighborhood authorities coalition to mobilize regional local weather motion in Sonoma County.

VISION

Sonoma County is united in taking daring motion to battle the local weather disaster.

Whoa, grasp on, preserve your palms and ft contained in the automotive, we’re taking “daring motion” in opposition to the “local weather disaster” now!

In passing, I do love how “international warming” morphed into “local weather change” after which a completely imaginary “local weather disaster” and a “local weather emergency” … however in any case, right here’s an inexpensive response for individuals who imagine in things like a present “local weather emergency”:

Knowledge quoted within the graphic above is from “Assessing ICT [Information and Communication Technology] international emissions footprint: Developments to 2040 & suggestions” Out there on Sci-Hub right here.

However I digress, let me return to Sonoma County. From every thing I’ve been capable of learn concerning the RCPA, it doesn’t really PRODUCE something. As a substitute, it “coordinates”. It “helps”. It “collaborates”. It “permits”. It “mobilizes”. It “develops methods”. It “engages in dialog”. 

In brief, close to as I can inform, it’s the standard infinitely expandable bureaucratic local weather wankfest, with no measurable deliverables of any form. The RCPA’s actions appear principally to be enabling and supporting the predictably infinite string of multi-organization quackathons, these get-togethers the place everybody drones on interminably, no person says something actual, individuals surreptitiously test the time, objectives are agreed on that can by no means be met, the date for the following assembly is chosen, congratulations are solemnly exchanged, and on to the following one.

I foolishly figured that I couldn’t get extra depressed or aggravated, so I’d as properly soldier on to take a look at the RCPA funding. Ha. Mistake.  The RCPA is funded by a mixture of cash taken from electrical ratepayers plus taxpayer and some personal grants. I received to enthusiastic about how a lot this RCPA was costing me and all of my taxpaying, ratepaying amigos, us native poor schlubs anticipated to cough up the $ for all of this. So I seemed up the RCPA salaries … YIKES!

I discover out that the RCPA is made up of twelve individuals who have clearly been very profitable in getting on the federal government gravy practice. Their common complete compensation is just below $140,000 per yr. That’s $70 per hour. And the RCPA Govt Director is drawing a cool quarter million bucks per yr to be in control of all of that tough coordination, assist, mobilization, and collaboration.

Looks as if it’s all Chiefs and no Indians Native Individuals, although. There’s an Govt Director, three Administrators, two Senior Planners, one Planner, one Analyst, two Specialists, and two Assistants. The bottom-paid is likely one of the Assistants, who has to wrestle alongside on $22 per hour.

Contemplate. Simply between simply the twelve of them, not counting every other prices, simply the salaries and advantages of the twelve RCPA personnel, we’re spending $1,670,000 per yr. A million 600 and seventy thousand spent on individuals to do coordination, mobilization, assist, and collaboration.

PER YEAR! Not simply as soon as, however yearly!

Not solely that, however there may be one other $ megabuck plus of their annual price range for tasks, conferences, computer systems and workplace gear, transportation and the like. Complete is about two million seven per yr for the complete circus together with salaries.

On my planet, that’s not a “Local weather Safety Authority”. That’s a “Local weather Safety Racket”, as in:

Hey, that’s an actual good local weather ya received there!. It’d certain be a disgrace if one thing ought to occur to it. Yeah, that will be a tragedy. However for only a mere few million a yr, we will preserve that from occurring …

I’m sorry, however that is nothing aside from the expiation of some liberal guilt allied with the standard monetary concupiscence of presidency rent-seekers. As a result of one factor is undeniably true:

There’s no approach that these twelve persons are giving us again anyplace close to $2,700,000 in worth every yr … 

… and in the meantime, Sonoma County doesn’t even have the funds for to fill the potholes. Critically. A now-retired Sonoma County Supervisor famously mentioned: “We will’t fill the potholes as a result of all the cash goes to pay the pensions of 1 era of presidency employees” … doesn’t bode properly for the long run. 

One factor is for certain:

Folks round right here can’t afford to maintain spending twenty-seven million hard-earned taxpayer and ratepayer per decade to interact in local weather advantage signaling. 

And that’s all it’s, local weather advantage signaling. Right here’s why.

Assume for the second that the entire “CO2 Roolz Temperature!” speculation is true, as mainstream local weather scientists assume. Utilizing their calculations, if the complete US went to zero CO2 emissions tomorrow, it will solely make a distinction of a tenth of a level in 2050.

Sonoma County emissions of CO2 are about zero.05% of US emissions. So if Sonoma County went to zero emissions at the moment, it MIGHT, I repeat would possibly, make the world 5 ten-thousandths of 1 diploma C (zero.0005°C) cooler within the yr 2050. 

However Sonoma County isn’t going to zero emissions any time quickly. The RCPA’s purpose is to get native emissions right down to 25% of their 1990 values by 2050. That will solely produce cooling of a few ten-thousandth of 1 diploma (zero.0001°C, or zero.0002°F).

Since governmental our bodies by no means die, we will assume that simply on this one local weather boondoggle we’ll be paying the $2.7 million per yr till 2050. Three many years, 27 million per decade, name it $81 million for a POSSIBLE cooling of zero.0001°C. And the cash for the RCPA is just a small fraction of the expense to the widespread citizen of reaching that CO2-free future fantasy …

People say “However we must be an instance for the remainder of the world!” Most international locations aren’t that silly. The Chinese language and the Indians are gonna do what’s greatest for his or her individuals, and extra energy to them. However they gained’t spend $81 million to perhaps get zero.0005°C of cooling in 30 years.

People additionally say “Consider it as an insurance coverage coverage” … however an insurance coverage coverage really pays off. On this case, the utmost doable return for our $81 million “insurance coverage premium” is a cooling too small to even measure. What sort of “insurance coverage” is that, big premium, tiny payout?

The ugly information is, in Sonoma County, we’re caught spending $ twenty-seven million per decade $ for … properly … nothing.

Insanity … we now have loads of actual issues at the moment right here in Sonoma County, and never sufficient cash, time, or human assets to interact on this silly waste.

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