I have four comments on the subject of the county’s climate change panel:
(1) While I found it useful and informative for the County Council to assemble a panel to “testify” and address climate change and climate warming, arising, in the panel’s view, from a rise in greenhouse gases, I was struck by the fact that the County Council did not include any formal presenters who are climate change/climate warming skeptics. By choosing only climate change “activists” as panel presenters, Councilwoman Jessica Fitzwater and Councilman Kai Hagen essentially stacked the deck in favor of their singularly professed climate change resolution. For instance, one climate change presenter showed a temperature change chart covering only the recent past. A more complete, long-term Earth temperature chart over 1,000 years showing climate cycles over long periods of time would not fit the presenters’ alarmist narrative that coastal cities will be submerged because of a 4-foot ocean rise from global warming in this century.
(2) No presenter showed any data/chart that show that U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are going down, a fact that would weaken presenters’ conclusions and the need for the Fitzwater/Hagen resolution.
(3) Fitzwater and Hagen hoped that their biased climate change resolution would be moved along by this panel of three like-minded climate change activists. Unfortunately, the council and the public were therefore subjected to a largely predetermined climate change/opinion presentation. In fairness to the council and public, which Fitzwater, Hagen and other council members profess to promote, the council should lay aside this slanted workshop panel presentation and seek a second (and maybe a third) workshop/panel featuring climate change skeptics to present the other side of the story.
(4) The council should be extremely cautious in accepting these initial presenters’ premises as a single basis for decision. As the council has done in the past when considering divisive issues like voting on Monocacy River understandings, it should take a critical look to assess the value and/or the need for the resolution. Don’t be unconsciously and unwittingly pulled along by the “sweet siren climate change songs” you heard for the previous panel — take a few more deep breaths, hear from climate change skeptics, and give this issue more time to brew in the council and the public.