Climate Action Plan

The city apparently does not have enough on its plate. Now, it turns out, Anchorage has a new draft Climate Action Plan.

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced Anchorage has joined with something called the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy – a European group – to reduce greenhouse emissions in Anchorage by “80 percent from 2008 levels by 2050, with an interim goal of 40 percent by 2030.”

More important, we suppose, it “places equity and inclusion at the heart of our social, environmental, and economic policies and practices.” How in the world can you have a Climate Action Plan without equity and inclusion?

The city teamed up with the University of Alaska and myriad other entities and individuals to come up with the plan and, until March 31, is taking public comments.

The draft document is a “guiding document that provides a framework for policies that reduce emissions and a pathway to achieve long-term outcomes that reflect the values of Anchorage as an equitable and resilient community.”

We know it is wrong, but we are always leery when such plans are hatched. Over the years, we have learned that too often such plans turn out to be little more than the Left’s backdoor attempt to seize even more control over our lives in the name of saving us or the world. Government, after all, must have its boogie man.

What will the Anchorage Climate Action Plan mean to property owners? Motorists? Land planning? Zoning? How will it affect life in the city? How will it affect development? And, what will it cost?

You have to wonder, what with Anchorage being only a tiny cog in the vast, world climate change machine, what the plan’s real purpose is.

8 Responses to Climate Action Plan

  1. Will Gay March 7, 2019 at 10:36 am

    The real purpose is hire more beaureaucrats, spend more money, raise taxes and garner campaign contributions from left wing loons. They can’t do well what’s currently on their plates, educate our kids, fill potholes, plow and sand roads, provide police protection, so they come up with this crazy s—f to divert our attention from their failings because “it’s who we (they)are!”.
    How about basics instead of ring around the roses.

  2. Barry Matteson March 7, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    I went through the many pages of the plan – here is my take:
    A “climate Action Plan” for a city of 300,000 makes little sense in the world and political agenda of climate change.
    The plan seeks to reduce greenhouse gas (in Anchorage) by 80% by 2050 – one of our nearby volcanos or a nearby forest fire will negate that immediately!
    Climate change is natural – it’s not a threat to those of us who have learned to deal with the ups and downs of life in general.
    What is “climate normal”? I can understand “climate averages” and “climate change”!
    The mentioned “potential impacts” are all negative – naturally! How about some positive impacts: more sun for growing local crops; a reduction in food imports (mentioned as a negative); less energy consumption (a base point for the plan); transportation through the arctic; a longer tourist season; sunbathing at beer can lake; a longer and safer bike riding season; more sun to support solar energy; etc. etc.
    Why is diversity and the mention of 107 different languages being spoken in the Anchorage school district a part of the plan?? This baffles me and leads me to believe there is another hidden agenda.
    How about spending time and money on the city bus routes – I see so many spewing their diesel fumes with no riders! How about spending time and money on getting natural gas delivered to the interior and the rail belt?
    I discovered a new word in this plan: EVAPOTRANSPIRATION: WOW!
    The plan states that the cost of doing nothing will cost $150 million – is that per year or until 2050???
    The one positive element in the plan that I support is “wildfire mitigation”.

    In my opinion this is nothing but more government overreach!

  3. Quincy March 7, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Governor Walker tried this scheme of hiring a panel of liberal to fly up to Juneau and sit there and pontificate on how to solve Cline age change, but not actually make any concrete action on it. One of the panelists was a neurosurgeon from Seattle. I really never understood how a neurosurgeon could contribute to s subject that was outside the scope of brain medicine. Anyways, he got the boot. It is unfortunate that the same fate will not come to Anchorage’s mayor with it liberal populace. If you are a business owner, get out of Anchorage and take your jobs to the Mat-Su Valley.

  4. Randy Kilbourn March 7, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Let’s see – Anchorage contains about 0.004% of the world population. Greenhouse gas makes up 0.1% of the atmosphere of which is 75-90% water vapor. I think I would rather Berkowitz & Co. spend our money on more significant projects like potholes and snow removal. Just sayin’…..

  5. Observer March 7, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    The plan was likely crafted with the guidance of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, which is dedicated to finding how to best convince people of the necessity of adopting the climate change dogma of the Left. The Yale program is so slick and subtle that it would make Dr. Goebbels blush. The wonderful sounding verbage is no accident. Climate change dogma is not a political cause — it is a way of life. If you disagree you will eventually be sent to a re-education camp.

  6. John London March 8, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Many of our factories have went to China and the 3rd world where they pollute 24/7 with little complains from the socialist.

    Wonder why?

    Our cars cause 90% less pollution than in the 1970’s.

    Yet the socialist want to blame us with their reverse discrimination, anti-West rhetoric and toxic Europhobia.

    Huge volcanic eruptions in centuries past caused more air pollution than we are ever capable of doing. And the Earth survived.

    Socialism is the hatred of the other guy who is having a better time in the world and invented most modern technology.

  7. Morrigan March 8, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    “What will the Anchorage Climate Action Plan mean to property owners? Motorists?…”
    It means if property owners and motorists like their stuff and want to keep it, they have to:
    (a) learn about, and be ready to invoke, jury nullification;
    (b) prepare to recall Mayor and Assembly incumbents;
    (c) start thinking about work slowdowns, picketing, partial property-tax strikes;
    (d) figure out how to nullify the Assembly edict that disenfranchised Anchorage voters by eliminating traditional balloting;
    (e) flood city hall and the Assembly with initiatives and petitions against every global warming law and tax;
    (f) demand state and federal representatives withold revenue sharing that might be used to implement or enforce municipal global-warming laws.
    It means, level playing field be damned, productive Anchorage voters do whatever’s necessary to discredit, disrupt, disorganize, disgrace, and destroy the ability of the Radical Left to turn Anchorage into a Socialist Workers’ Paradise.
    It means reading and using Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” to defeat Anchorage’s Radical Left and achieve the twenty-first century equivalent of running them out of town, never to return.
    …for starters.

  8. Marlin Savage March 8, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Re: Morrigan

    Also, Sun Tzu’s Art of War


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