Beware of state’s planned paradise
Oh, what a paradise Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his friends have in store for us. The Democrats passed and Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA/the Act).
We’re to become “carbon neutral” by 2050, by 2030 70% of our energy will come from ‘renewables’ (chiefly wind and solar). The 22-member Climate Action Council will usher in the brave new world. The council will be co-chaired by Richard Kauffman (NYSERDA, and Cuomo’s “energy czar”) and Bruce Seggos of the Department of Environmental Conservation.
To implement the Plan, six regional public sessions will be held (upstate New York to get three of them). Cuomo’s Council has expressed its concern that some sectors might not “buy-in” to the Act: “Some sectors of society may be fearful or skeptical of what a transition will look like or how they could be affected.”
To address the fear and skepticism, the public sessions have “plans for fair treatment and beneficial participation” guided by “environmental justice and just transition groups.” We’ve seen these sessions before, in the Article 10 hearings where Cuomo’s five Commissioners (including Seggos and Kauffman) ignored the fear and skepticism of the majority in opposition to industrial wind turbines in their neighborhoods.
After four years of the implementation of the Act, officially designated local groups “will ensure compliance” and “promulgate rules and regulations to make sure they are complying with the law.” To enforce the dictates of the new Utopia, the DEC is given the authority “to enforce the reductions (presumably of carbon dioxide emissions) from all sources — including homes?” (Post Journal, July 28)
Clearly, there will be many new jobs in the environmental police sector. “This is the real deal,” Cuomo said in signing the Act. It’s hard to disagree with that. The Act is the closest any state (except, perhaps, California) has come to implementing the United Nation’s planned paradise for us, Agenda 21.
Roy Harvey is a Mayville resident.