Should County Prepare for Something That is Not Happening?

Russ Steele

Our local lefty blogger writes it is time for the County to start preparing for the coming global warming and the mandates of AB-32.

This lack of collaboration ticks me off, too, since I pay taxes here too but don’t really have time to lobby our electeds on my personal political views. We have lots of problems to solve.

It will take a community-wide effort to seek regional collaboration between our county and the rest of our region when it comes to a climate action plan and preparing for AB 32.  But the time has come — in fact, it’s overdue. Let’s get on with it!

Get on with what? This is how much warming we have had in California in the last 80 years.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

10 Responses to Should County Prepare for Something That is Not Happening?

  1. sean2829 says:

    When the state is awash in debt, school spending per pupil is being pared to the bone, state retiree costs are soaring out of control, the tax revenue never seems to be as much as planned while the spending is higher than budgeted, you know the government is unable to manage the things it should. So rather than tackle the real issues I guess its much better to have windmills to tilt at and fight the noble but impossible battle. Ironically, even if climate change were a real problem and CO2 reduction was a real solution, what California does is a teapot in an ocean. However if your a beaurocrat looking for validation of your authority, I guess a fantasy cause is just as good as a real one. Personnally, I’d never argue with a beaurocrat about climate science. It’s pointless. The arguement should really be about what un-met needs and diversion of resources away from these needs. There is some real suffering caused by misplaced priorities and the worst of these are born by young people and low to middle income folks.

  2. Russ says:


    Excellent point. As those in Europe who are freezing to death due to the misplace priority on green energy that is not providing enough expensive energy to heat the homes of citizens are finding out.

  3. Sean says:

    The news from Europe over the next few weeks should be really interesting. The power and gas bills will arrive with the spring thaw. Couple that with folks reading the “The Cold Sun” while they were hunkered down in their cold homes and you have the recipe for a significant backlash against “green” governance.

  4. MikeL says:

    This is really funny that he wants the local elected officials to get on with the climate action plan. Why is he waiting for a government mandated increase in energy cost? He should just start paying $10 a gallon for gas now. I personally don’t have time to petition my local officials either but I do and I will doing everything I can to stop this AB32 nonsense…

  5. Russ says:

    Lefty blogger not interested in a dialog. A pervious commenter suggested that reader post their thoughts on this issue.

    jeffpelline, on February 16, 2012 at 10:37 am said:
    What on earth would be the point? Russ is an entrenched ideologue.

    I am open to the FUE to present his evidence that humans are responsible for global warming. He cannot, so he does not see any need for a discussion.

  6. Greg Goodknight says:

    One of the tragedies in this whole thing is that the CERN CLOUD experiment was set to roll in 1998 only to be killed off by IPCC sympathizers who agreed with their Chair in ’96 that Svensmark was “extremely naive and irresponsible” for publishing such research.

    It didn’t start rolling again until 2006, after more supporting work by the Danes paid off.

    The AB32 proponents were and are convinced it will just take a few years of pain to transform California into the leading economy of the future with the technology to lead the rest of the world into an oil-free future.

    It’s hard to stop religious movements intent on drinking the koolaid. In this case, they are intent on making everyone else take a big gulp, too.

  7. sean2829 says:


    I doubt that the CERN cloud experiment would have had much of an impact on the “cause” or AB32 for that matter if the experiment was done sooner. With the weather acting in a nice linear fashion until the late 1990’s the consensus was pretty confident. The fact that it came out after a decade of plateaued temps might have made the audience a bit more receptive to have something to at least hedge their bets. As far as transforming the economy goes, the recession rather than AB32 coupled with the shale gas revolution are the tranformative events of the last decade. Poor schools and rich state pensions is not a good foundation to build a robust economy. Eventually, the young idealists with hefty student loans, few job prospects, high taxes, poor schools and exobitant health care premiums are going to rebel against the status quo.

    • Greg Goodknight says:


      Had the IPPC partisans not stalled CLOUD, those first results could have been had as early as 2003, and other research would have been riding its coattails. There certainly could have been a dramatically different debate had CERN not gpne wobbly on the science 14 years ago.

  8. Russ says:


    I hope that you are right, it appears that Obama has lost the youth vote according to one survey. More taxes on the right are not going to support our economic recovery, the rich will hide their income or just move out of the state.

  9. The esteemed scientist, J. Pelline has been mocking you according to a reader who emailed me.

    Russ Replies: He wants a community dialog, but is unwilling to provide any scientific evidence to support his position. It is just more lefty tactics of attacking the messenger, rather than the message.

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