Global warming strategy debated in Pennsylvania

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Montgomery County officials are looking into whether a bond can be issued to pay for greenhouse gas reduction projects as part of a larger strategy to fight global warming.

Although local governments regularly float bonds to pay for large long-term projects, it's not clear if cutting global climate change fits into a pre-existing category.

“The county can only do what the Legislature said it can do in writing. ... We just can't willy-nilly do whatever we want,” Montgomery County Commissioners' Chairman Tom Ellis said at Thursday's meeting.

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Posted August 6, 2007 at 10:59 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Steven in Falls Church wrote:

Armed with a graduate student’s thesis about changes Montgomery County can make, a task force appointed in January is expected to report back on its recommendations by the end of the year.

I for one sit comfortable knowing that elected officials are poised to spend millions of dollars they don’t have on boondoggles dreamed up by a single “graduate student.”  Folks, don’t complain that the government is turning into a three-ring circus when all you elect to office are a bunch of spendthrift clowns.

August 6, 11:43 am | [comment link]
2. Piedmont wrote:

“The county can only do what the Legislature said it can do in writing. ... We just can’t willy-nilly do whatever we want,” Montgomery County Commissioners’ Chairman Tom Ellis said at Thursday’s meeting.

This legal concept is not unique to Pennsylvania.  A few years ago the Arlington County, Virginia Board of Supervisors voted to offer health insurance benefits for “domestic partners.”  The Attorney General in Richmond successfully blocked this effort by pointing out that the county governments are a creation of the state and that counties have no legal authority to perform acts that are not authorized by the state.

August 6, 12:38 pm | [comment link]
3. libraryjim wrote:

I just goes to show:
Politics is shaping this debate, not science. 

Science is not as united in anthropogenic (human cause) global warming as the popular hype and propaganda from people like Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio would have us believe.

The scientists who disagree with ‘human cause’ are all well respected, and cover a wide range of scientific fields from climatology to geology to meteorology and physics, and include scientists such as Richard Lindzen, David Deming, S. Fred Singer, Bjorn Lomborg, Philip Stott, Reid Bryson, Henrik Svensmark, Khabibullo Ismailovich Abdusamatov, Claude Allègre and many more.

August 7, 10:32 am | [comment link]
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