OK, Frederick County, with the balloon-launch emergency having been successfully solved, get ready for the County Council to use every means possible to invade our lives, homes, businesses and personal transportation devices with regulations, taxes and policing in order to pursue their politically driven climate change “emergency.” (See “Fitzwater, Hagen working on climate change resolution,” published in the Jan. 7 News-Post.)
The fact that they already have declared an “emergency” makes it clear that the fix is in and there is no intention to do anything other than regulate, tax and police. I predict the ad hoc “Climate Change Emergency Working Group” report, due a year from now, will be replete with “incentives” (translation: social engineering) to encourage county residents to fall in line with the council’s clearly announced political agenda.
Here is what we can expect to see: 1. Taxpayer-funded charging stations for use by those who can afford to buy expensive electric vehicles that are unaffordable for the common resident. 2. A significant county tax on gasoline. 3. Farmers will be specially taxed and regulated if they have animals, with flatulence being a major environmental threat. 4. Mandatory home-energy consumption audits with homeowners given a timetable to meet legislated energy-saving targets. 5. Grass cutting will be restricted to once per month. 6. The council will pass a resolution to declare Carroll Creek Linear Park a wetland in order to preserve the murky, algae-covered, waste-littered water as an oxygen source for the county, which unlike balloons, will somehow stay within county boundaries.
I suggest that if the County Council wants to experience a real environmental emergency, they travel to Taiwan, China, India and many other countries around the world. Places where the air is so blue and opaque that residents wear surgical masks and the water is unfit to drink. Frederick County is not experiencing a climate change emergency. Not even close. An emergency is a heart attack, a house fire, a car accident, an attack on a military base or a terrorist attack on 100-story buildings. The commissioners just want to legislate feel-good measures at the expense of the taxpayers. Measures that will do absolutely nothing to affect the climate anywhere on the globe — especially the places where the air is blue. They have predetermined the outcome but won’t admit it. So, they have done what bureaucrats and politicians do — appoint a puppet committee, hide behind the predetermine recommendations they wanted, and then trumpet the result as the will of the people.