ASHEVILLE – Drop what you’re doing, grab only what is necessary to survive, and take cover – there’s a climate emergency. That’s the declaration from the Asheville City Council, demonstrating their wokeness in one of its original forms with an emergency plan to eliminate 100 percent of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions within 10 years. That would put them two years ahead of the runaway climate snuffing out human life, which will happen in 12 years according to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes (D-NY).
The city council voted 6-0 to drive down emissions at “emergency speed.” With the economics of renewable energy and arbitrary market controls, there’s no telling how much the futile effort will cost the people in Asheville. Yet, with the history of alarmist push for government climate change controls, we know that won’t stop those intent on signaling their virtue or tilting at windmills.
From the Asheville Citizen-Times:
“[…] Prior to the 6-0 City Council vote for the declaration, Alex Lines with the group Sunrise Asheville said the city would be the first in the state and second in the Southeast to take such action. But Asheville would join 1,300 local governments in 25 countries “committed to take action to drive down emissions at emergency speed,” Lines said. “We look to you now to stand with your people and with other governments around the world to begin a mobilization effort to address the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced.” […]”
The biggest crisis humanity has ever faced may just be this kind of self-loathing ‘End of the World’ inclination that plagues so much of it. That seems to be the fuel for attacking what the Left has assigned the guilty party in this manufactured crisis – capitalism. Which is merely secured liberty economically expressed.
So how do they plan to respond to this ’emergency’? With more wokeness, of course.
“[…] In the resolution, the council committed to an “equitable and just” citywide mobilization to end greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The city will also assume new efforts to accomplish already existing goals, such as switching all municipal operations to 100% renewable energy by 2030 and the entire community by 2042.
The declaration did not give cost details for the goals. […]
The lengthy emergency resolution incorporates and surpasses already ambitious goals set by the city. The new resolution mandates a “Climate Justice Plan” to counter disparate impacts based on race, economic status and other factors.
The city will work with the private sector to “identify and incentivize effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet our communitywide 100% renewable energy goal,” the resolution also said. […]”
See? The ‘climate emergency’ merely serves as a vehicle for social justice warriors to redistribute your tax dollars and lord over your energy use. Also, are the municipal utilities in this cold mountain town going to be 100 percent
renewable unreliable energy like wind and solar? To be truly independent of fossil fuels means foregoing the reliable energy generation that must accompany renewable energy expansions in order to provide consistent power.
If that seems far fetched , consider that the city council has already demonstrated its willingness to reject massive investments and jobs of the reliable energy sources that would be necessary to enable smooth power distribution.
“[…] The council voted unanimously to dissolve the Energy Innovation Task Force, set up in 2016 with Buncombe County government and Duke after the energy company announced it would replace its coal-fired plant with two natural gas plants. Efforts to reduce regional energy consumption and boost renewables meant the second $100 million “peaker” plant would be put on hold for at least 15 years. […]”
Too bad for all those people hoping for some lower energy bills in the winters to come, the city council is going to make sure that doesn’t happen for a long time. If this sounds like a childish overreaction, that may be because it was motivated by the now notorious Greta Thunberg (“How dare you!”) and local youth protests about impending climate doom.
City Councilman Brian Haynes helped stir up local youth protests and stated how they were the force behind this declaration, saying it would not have happened with out them.
We’re sure all the Asheville taxpayers that don’t drink this particular brand of Kool Aid are just thrilled. Read more about the hysteria here.