Periodically, some city comes up with something so outrageously stupid that you have to wonder what planet they came from. In this case, the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts wins the moonbat of the month award.
I happened to meander past the Fox News site when I found this:
Harvard Hometown Plans Coercive Taxes, Veganism to Stop Climate ‘Emergency’
Congestion pricing to reduce car travel. Elimination of curbside parking. A carbon tax “of some kind,” not to mention taxes on plastic and paper bags. Advocating vegetarianism and veganism, complete with “Meatless or Vegan Mondays.” Those are just some of the proposals put forth by the Cambridge Climate Congress, an entity created in May 2009 to respond to the “climate emergency” plaguing the Massachusetts city.
Ladies and Gentlemen, The moonbats have landed!
I won’t go into the details of the story, I’ll let you go over to Fox and read it yourself. Included in the story is a link to the .pdf file detailing “Proposal for Climate Emergency Response” This proposal is typical of the envirowacko moonbat left. Lots of totalitarian rules, massive taxes and a complete lack of concern for an individuals rights.
So let’s take a look at some of the high points in this cunning Baldrick like plan, shall we?
Establish Measurable Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Goals
The City Council submit a request to the city manager for an explanation as to why the 2010 goal was missed. The purpose of the explanation is to learn from it, not to point fingers at anyone. The explanation should identify the sources of emissions most responsible for the total increase. The analysis should consider which emission reduction efforts were most effective, which were least
effective, and the reasons for success or failure.
An explanation on why their goals were missed?? I can do that very easily. Because it’s bloody stupid and relies on a complete lack of common sense and any sort of grasp on reality.
The City Council request that the city manager set measurable greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals on an annual basis that can be tracked and reported upon to the populace similar to an Annual Carbon Budget.
Now how the hell are they going to reduce gasses, greenhouse or other sorts of gasses? Has Cambridge been completely enclosed in an airtight bell jar? Hello Cambridge City Council? Are you aware that the city is enveloped in this thing called an atmosphere? Are you familiar with this thing called wind? It has been known to blow assorted gasses to and fro.
For example, the city could set a goal to reduce total residential electricity consumption by some amount. This particular contribution to greenhouse gas emissions can be measured and specific steps can be taken to reduce it without inconveniencing the residential population, thus making it an easy target for emissions reductions.
Reducing residential electricity usage? And how would they do that? Ask nicely? Most people would tell the government to go pound sand. Most people wouldn’t mind cutting their energy bills, but they aren’t going to have any interest in sitting in a cold dark dwelling.
The city government work to include, to the best of its ability, a full life cycle accounting of emissions in its estimate of Cambridge’s GHG emissions. This would, for example, include the emissions that result from growing the food and manufacturing the products that are imported into Cambridge. It is noted that in practice this is an extremely arduous and difficult task and that it would take many years for the city to develop full life cycle accounting of GHG emissions, and that it would always be largely based on estimates and assumptions as actual measurement is nearly impossible. Nonetheless it may be possible to account for the life cycle emissions of some goods (e.g. construction materials) based on estimates provided by, for example, industry or academia.
Now here’s a great way to waste trees, energy and other resources. I can see the need for a massive new bureaucracy with a massive tax funded budget. I’m sure private industry will be more then happy to spend their valuable time and money generating these stats for Cambridge.
Of course, when all is said and done, all they can do is make an estimate. In other words, pull some stats out of their collective asses.
The City Council set a long term goal (20 years or more) of turning Cambridge into a net emissions free, zero waste producing city with measurable milestone goals along the way to allow us to track our progress.
And here we see the moonbat in full flight. The only way to achieve this goal is to move every single person out of Cambridge, bulldoze the city and then plant trees on the remains.
Now there are recommendations. I won’t go into all of them, just the juiciest of and most moronic recommendations.
The Climate Congress recommends that:
Blah blah, yada yada yada.
Create a Sustainable Cambridge:
Many ideas emerged at the Climate Congress meeting in December around creating a sustainable city in the future. These are visionary ideas and would require more time and fleshing out before we could implement them. They are captured here as a recommendation to explore this vision of a sustainable city in the not so distant future:
And here we go!!
a) Build infrastructure for recharging electric cars.
While not a bad idea in and of its self, there are a few small problems with this idea. First, where is the power going to come from? I know! It will come from that windmill farm they’re building in Nantucket Sound!
Oh wait, the Moonbats out in that area are fighting the wind farm tooth and nail. Ok, how about nuclear energy from commercial reactors? Bwhahahahahahahahahahaha! Yeah, I didn’t think so.
b) Allow only zero or negative net?energy consuming buildings to be constructed in the city.
So much for property rights in the People’s Republic. Obviously, the moonbats missed a few classes in school dealing with things like engineering, science, the Constitution…
c) Provide 100% renewable energy to citizens and business in twenty years
Ok, we’ve ruled out nukes, windmills, coal fired power plants. I guess that leaves solar energy. Hmm, this is a city. Not a lot of open areas to install solar panels. Then there is that pesky little thing called clouds. Well in the minds of the Moonbats, “No Problem! We want it so it will happen!”
d) Institute a carbon tax of some kind to fund the transition to a sustainable Cambridge. Such a tax would be progressive, and could be voluntary at first. To the extent that Cambridge lacks the legal authority to levy a carbon tax it would need to obtain such authority or institute the tax in a creative way (e.g. as a supplementary property tax).
*Ding ding ding ding ding ding!*
There it is! The moonbats first solution. When in doubt, TAX THEM OUT! Yes, here is the moonbats answer to everything. Raise taxes so high that the peons starve to death and therefore no longer hurt the environment. In fact dead peons will be beneficial to the environment, although the worms might put on a bit much indulging in fresh peon happy meals.
Advocate for a Carbon Tax
The Climate Congress recommends that:
a) The City Council institute a voluntary carbon tax in the city of Cambridge as a way to demonstrate Cambridge residents’ commitment to the concept. Any funds raised by the tax would be used to fund climate action through the city’s budget.
A voluntary carbon tax so that the people of Cambridge may show the world how committed they are to the religion of Global Warming. I would say that voluntary compliance will be at the same level as the rate the People of Massachusetts pay the higher tax rate. Oh yes, in Massachusetts, you can pay a higher income tax if you like. I think something on the order of 11 people did last year.
b) The city advocate for a carbon tax at the state and federal levels.
Oh that will go over real well with the rest of the country. I have absolutely no doubt that moonbats everywhere will support this. The other 95% of the people? Does the phrase “HELL NO!” mean anything to you idiots?
c) The city attempt to tax carbon intensive transport or usage inside the city.
This basically means that if you drive a car you will be paying through the nose. If you drive a truck, especially one that delivers things like food or medicine, you will be paying out of another orifice situated below the pelvis. Get ready for massively increased food prices and a large number of “Going out of business” or “We’re moving” sales at various businesses in Cambridge.
And it gets better!
Establish Tax and Fee based Incentives
The Climate Congress recommends that the city alter its fee and taxing schedule to provide more incentives for sustainability and greater penalties for inefficient legacy systems, including:
a) Changes so that renters and landlords have an incentive to make efficiency upgrades to buildings. For example:
(i) make the property tax component of the rent explicit, as is done in some commercial leases already, and providing a property tax discount for certain improvements to the building, which can be shared with the renters.
If I understand this bit of drivel, it basically means that when you get your rent notice, you’ll see a section for your share of the property tax and what rent discounts you’ll get if the landlord upgrades his building.
(ii) allow landlords to share in the energy bill savings from putting in more efficient
heating/cooling systems by, for example, charging the renters a temporary surcharge for the improved system that transfers some but not all of the gains from the improvement to the landlord. Note: CEA is doing work in this area also.
Ok, your rent is going up, but you will get a kickback on your rent because the city is going to confiscate any savings from the landlord. So why would he want to upgrade the building again?
b) Provide “energy performance” mortgages to help property owners finance efficiency improvements and renewable installations.
Now there’s another brilliant idea from the moonbats. Didn’t we just see the results of their last brilliant idea? You know, the one where they forced banks to give loans to people who had no chance of paying them back? I think we’re having a little recession right now because of that idea. But then Moonbats think money grows on trees, just like vegetables.
c) Impose a tax on certain packaging materials being used excessively.
Here that Amazon.com? How about you NewEgg? Any company that ships product to Cambridge will be taxed because they want the customers to get their order in one piece. Brilliant plan that is! Also unconstitutional I believe. This might be covered under the Commerce clause
d) Tax plastic and paper bags provided by grocery stores and retailers at checkout.
Better wear coats with a lot of pockets so you can carry your groceries home via the environmentally correct method of travel. In other words, walking. This will also help you build muscle and burn fat as you tote that case of tofu home.
e) Advocate for a refund on all bottles and cans at the State level.
Frankly this one confuses me. I live in a state that doesn’t force a deposit on people. I have no idea why they want to do this.
The we come to the section titled Green Infrastructure. (Cue dramatic music) This is a very lengthy section, so you can read it for yourselves. I’ll just pick out some of the choicer parts.
Train volunteers in each area to evaluate energy use in residences and have
them knock on their neighbors’ doors to offer free energy?efficiency evaluations.
More money for Acorn no doubt. They must have run out of prostitutes and tax evaders to help.
Start a ‘Temperate Zone’ program in which buildings are neither heated nor cooled during the fall and spring when the climate does not demand it, saving resources. The program could possibly start small and pick a month that would be easy to get agreement on like May or June.
*Ahem* Attention Moonbats! Most people shut off the heat and cooling during those periods anyway. The problem is with modern high rise buildings. Those are sealed and require heating and cooling all year round otherwise they would become uninhabitable in a matter of hours.
Offer incentives to citizens for reducing their energy consumption, as well as incentives for using alternative sources of energy such as solar, wind and geothermal.
Geothermal energy in an area about 30 feet above sea level. Good thinking moonbats! Solar power works great when the sun is out, and if you don’t mind the return on investment being in negative numbers. (It can take 20 years for a solar panel to generate enough power to pay off its self, but the unit will probably wear out in 15 years)
I’m sure the neighbors won’t mind my windmill squeaking along day and night either.
Work with landlords to offer incentives to increase their property’s energy efficiency. One example is to start a Energy Star Refrigerator replacement program where tenants pay the estimated monthly energy savings to their landlords so the landlord gets paid back for the cost of the refrigerator. Create a 0% interest loans for participating landlords.
Now why wouldn’t a landlord want to do this on their own? This looks very profitable for them. Oh I know! Why would the tenants want to pay higher rents to live in an apartment that is energy efficient? They will probably do the math and figure out they will save money living in a less efficient place. And speaking of money, where are you going to get the funds for those 0% loans? And what about the overhead? You know, paperwork, landlords that go broke and don’t repay the loans? Pesky things like that?
Require energy intensive commercial buildings (such as laboratories) to increase their energy efficiency. This could be done through energy audits conducted by organizations like the Cambridge Energy Alliance. Additionally, Biotech/Green Councils could be formed where CEOs can talk about actions to save money and improve communications with facilities managers
There are already private/commercial entities doing things just like that. Oh wait! They are doing this to make a profit! How horrible! They must be banned and forced to close down now! Oh and requiring a lab or a business to cut their energy usage? I have news for you Moonbat. Sometimes they can’t. If you try to impose your idea of “Fair energy usage”, these labs and business will simply move elsewhere, like China or Mexico.
Create Cambridge city signs that homeowners could put up declaring their energy bills per year. The signs would go up in front of the house (like historical building markers) saying, for example, “This house’s annual energy bill is $1,033 for 4 occupants and 2,000 sq feet of space. Ask me how I’ve done it.” Most people who would do this would have very low energy bills and thus would inspire others to figure out how to do the same. It could make the efficient homeowners proud and reward them for their low bills.
Look at me! I spent umpteen thousand dollars and I got this nice cardboard sign to put in my window! Am I politically correct or what?
Expand Use of Alternative Energy
The Climate Congress recommends that the renewable energy in the city. For example:
Promote geothermal, district heating, seasonal storage, solar thermal, and wind energy deployment in the private sector and on municipal property.
The moonbats seem to have forgotten a small fact. Cambridge is a city. There aren’t a lot of places to install windmills, solar farms and other assorted stuff.
Promote the use of flat roofs for solar (where practical) and green roofs.
Oh there’s a great idea. Do you know what flat roofs do when they have a lot of snow on them? Collapse mostly.
Create a more Pedestrian and Bike Friendly City
Encourage walking and biking, as well as giving priority to pedestrians and bikers over vehicles. The city should work to foster a culture of walking and biking. Make central shopping areas (Kendall Square, Harvard Square, etc.) pedestrian only, and
create pedestrian arcades.
Uh huh. Got a few small problems here Sparky. The biggest one is weather. Nobody likes walking or biking in the rain. Then we have this interesting season called winter. That’s a time of year when it gets really cold out and you get this frozen rain known as snow. Lots of it too.
Reduce Vehicles & Parking
The Climate Congress recommends that the City:
In general, the city government should consider how to best reorganize the city’s
transportation infrastructure over the next several decades to de?emphasize individual car use and invest more into pedestrian, bicycle and public transportation infrastructure.
Finance measures to increase walking, biking, and use of public transportation by levying taxes and fees on car owners.
Implement congestion pricing to reduce car travel through main arteries and during peak times.
Increase the price of residential parking permits, with an annual increase every year for the next 20 years. Charge extra for SUVs and other gas?guzzling vehicles.
Looks like someone visited London, England. That congestion tax is one of their more popular programs. NOT! I do believe New York city looked into doing that. It was put on the back burner when an irate citizenry made it know they would put the politicians on the front burner if they did this. Mayor Bloomberg and the NYC sub-genus of moonbats decided that discretion was the better part of getting BBQ’d alive.
Support and Promote Sustainable Food
The Climate Congress recommends that the City Council:
a) Encourage and potentially provide opportunities for citizens, community groups and schools to grow more of their own food locally and organically. This encouragement and support could be provided via various mechanisms, including:
i) Supporting the development of more local gardens for individuals, communities, schools and businesses. Both public and private spaces for growing food should be considered such as backyards, green sidewalk areas, parks, and rooftops (e.g. Green Street garage). Existing programs such as “City Sprouts” should be continued and fully funded by the City. The city should also investigate opportunities for a range of food production beyond gardens, including fruit trees and honey via urban bee keeping.
ii) Support community efforts to develop organic gardens by hosting or sponsoring organic gardening education.
iii) Create a fulltime position within the city to manage and support the existing community gardens and search for additional useable land.
iv) Developing an emergency garden map, surveying the potential for conversion to farmland of every public field and area with soil in Cambridge. This plan would help the city if food production or food transportation became an emergency issue.
And here we see Moonbat Utopianism at its finest. Whoever came up with this brilliant idea obviously never did any farming in his or her life. These little gardens the moonbat is talking about might produce enough food to feed a few people for a year. Of course it would be a bit monotonous, and probably missing a few things needed for good nutrition, but damn it! It will be politically correct farming!
Encourage, and perhaps mandate, Cambridge food providers and retailers to offer
local/regional food options (not just produce) when possible.
Oh I love this! Yet another moonbat way of dealing with things. The Mandate! You vill buy local foods und der vill be nein discussion! Seig Heil!
Enable year?round farmer’s markets (for example, at the Lechmere T stop) and/or the
development of partnerships with local CSAs that offer local and organic off?season produce from root cellars and regional farms.
You know, there aren’t all that many farms left in the North East. There are a number of reasons for this. First, it isn’t profitable. Second, the main crop in New England is rocks. Oh yes, I neglected to mention that all produce must be “Organic.” None of those pesky pesticides or evil fertilizers. Oh no! We must grow food the way our ancestors did. Oh, when the crop fails or is eaten by locusts, we can starve to death like a lot of our ancestors too.
Raise awareness and promote action about the connection between food choices and climate change; advocate vegetarianism and veganism as a major part of the Climate Action campaign. Mechanisms may include:
i) Instituting environmental disincentives against meat, especially beef, pork and lamb.
ii) Advising higher levels of government to move towards more organic and sustainable agriculture practices.
iii) Increasing the emphasis on vegetarian and organic foods in government?run programs like the school lunch program and food stamps, and consider setting meat limits for these programs.
iv) Asking/mandating that local restaurants and schools institute “Meatless or Vegan Mondays” to increase community awareness and reduce reliance on meat, dairy and eggs as food sources.
v) Sponsoring and promoting vegetarian cooking classes.
vi) Converting City Council meals to meatless only with limits on dairy.
In other words, Ban eating meat and jack the cost of food through the roof. If you can’t afford it, to bad. You can starve you evil Republican! You are now seeing moonbats in full moonbattieness. They refuse to understand that humans are omnivores. We eat meat and vegetables, but meat makes is stronger. Vegetables are what meat, moonbats and other prey creatures prefer.
And it gets better.
Establish a Rating & Certification System for Businesses
The Climate Congress recommends that the City Council:
a) Establish a rating and/or certification system that recognizes businesses for sustainable practices and makes consumers aware of these practices. The rating system should include, but not be limited to, categories such as:
i) Building efficiency (performance?based, rather than design?based),
ii) Waste management (materials use, reuse, recycling, composting),
iii) Supply chains (e.g. local and organic foods for restaurants and grocers),
iv) Worker treatment (e.g. fair wages/benefits).
b) Make the system mandatory and require certain reporting by local businesses. This would not only facilitate the implementation of the rating/certification system, but it would also make it easier to
accurately calculate Cambridge’s emissions and assess its environmental impact.
c) Information about business practices, ratings, and certification should be made visible and accessible to the public. This includes labels/stickers, which can be used/posted by businesses.
In other words, lets institute a socialist/Marxist system. Never mind that if Cambridge were to actually impose any of this crap, those business would pack up and leave so fast it would suck the fillings out of the teeth of the moonbats.
There you have it. The moonbat in full flight. Whoever drew up this grab bag of fruitcake ideas obviously has never worked a day in their lives in the Dreaded Private Sector. I see the fine hand of tenured Harvard professors, Trust fund brats and over educated elitists in this proposal. Jonah Goldberg called it when he referred to people like this as Liberal Fascists.
Read the whole proposal. I just grabbed some of the lowlights. Ok, quite a few of the lowlights, but the whole proposal is a classic example of people with to much time on their hands, an over riding arrogance and a complete lack of either common sense or any kind of a grasp on reality.
Thank you for actually reading through this. I didn’t intend for it to go on for as long as it does.
~The Angry Webmaster~