After Councilman Kai Hagen (D) delivered a brief speech and other council members made their case, his amendment detailing the county's need to address a "climate change crisis" in Livable Frederick passed, 4-2.

Councilmen Phil Dacey (R) and Steve McKay (R) were the two no votes. Council Vice President Michael Blue (R) was absent Tuesday.

Hagen said Tuesday that he appreciated that his colleagues acknowledged climate change is an issue, but added the amendment was a result of months of discussion between environmental groups.

"It's the reality," Hagen said of leaving "crisis" in the amendment. "Seeing [Livable Frederick's] initiatives and supporting initiatives through the lens of climate change is very important. Because otherwise, they're just very good ideas."

Dacey and McKay voted no because they were concerned about the weight of the word. McKay said he was specifically concerned if council members had to address environmental concerns first versus needs such as road improvements or other infrastructure.

"Words and concepts define priorities," McKay said. "When something is identified singularly as the only crisis in this document, then that elevates what is the highest priority."

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Steve Bohnel is the county government reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at He graduated from Temple University, with a journalism degree in May 2017, and is a die-hard Everton F.C. fan.

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Kipling: "If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:" Then perhaps you are not part of the "team" and on the payroll.


Question. How does the climate change (crisis) stack up to other priority issues for Frederick County? Economic Development Public Safety Homelessness City Fiscal Health Flooding Sewer  Capacity Sewer Discharge Water Quality Public Water Quality Monocacy River Water Quality New Roads Roads Maintenance Parks Schools Affordable Housing Urban Blight Trash Disposal Recycling Diversity Inclusiveness Smart Technology Health Care Opioid Crisis Historic Preservation Farmland Preservation


I’m sure this will make a lot of people feel good and politicians can boast about how they are pro environment.


Steve is making a mountain out of a mole hill.


Dick if this was such a “mole hill” then why was there a month long political pressure campaign to make sure the word was included? My answer to the question is in the article. It’s because words and concepts matter in this document, and as the only “crisis”, it will drive priorities and funding. You may agree with that outcome, which is fine, but don’t try to downplay its importance. If it wasn’t so important, they wouldn’t have fought so hard to get it.


Spot on Mr. McKay. This one word puts this issue above all others because a crisis is something that must be prioritized over all, and including the funding necessary to solve the problem immediately. So, we are now to prioritize green initiatives over schools? Transportation issues, etc? Burgessdr has an extensive list above. Words and their definitions matter, in both the present and future interpretations of the intent.


They did fight hard to include words. It was necessary because others fought very hard to keep them out. Takes two (or more?) to tango. And this dance will last for a while.


Yep. Call it what it is.


Those "sissified twits" at the pentagon find climate change to be a threat to their bases and troops. But they do consume a lot of your taxes as well so the U.S. military may be worshiping at the same altar.

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