Chicago Needs To Act Boldly On Climate Doom Or Something

Right, this is the most important issue, per the Chicago Sun Times, as written by Alderman Matt Martin, Ald. Daniel La Spata, Ald. Mike Rodriguez and Ald. Maria Hadden

Time for Chicago to act boldly on climate change and bring back the Department of Environment

A decade ago, Chicago had a Department of Environment that was tasked with implementing our first ever Climate Action Plan. Released in 2008 with an end date of 2020, the plan was truly ahead of its time, showcasing how cities across the United States and beyond could take the lead in tackling climate change.

But in 2012, then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel disbanded the department, arguing that its work could be spread across multiple departments without impacting efficiency and effectiveness. Unfortunately, that assumption has proved incorrect. (snip)

By themselves, however, these new regulations and declarations won’t guarantee that Chicago meets the moment in its ongoing battle against climate change, which continues to disproportionately affect historically underserved communities. Indeed, time is running out for us to act boldly with our budget by re-establishing a Department of Environment.

In fall 2019, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the creation of the Office of the Environment to be housed within the mayor’s office. Unfortunately, that proposal included only one position — a proposal that was so out of step with the scope of the problem that some dubbed it a “cubicle” of the environment.

Several weeks ago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the Office of the Environment would be renamed the Office of Climate and Environmental Equity and include six total positions. But this represents only one additional person beyond the five existing environmental policy team members, and is less than half the size of City Hall’s press office.

That’s two more than were killed in Chicago Monday. And 2 less than those who were shot.

In fact, a re-established department could ultimately save us money. Improved recycling and composting would mean less city funds being paid to landfills. An expanded tree canopy would lower neighborhood temperatures, thereby reducing the need for air conditioners. Improved stormwater management would reduce the frequency and severity of basement flooding.

In early 2020, City Council declared a state of climate emergency in Chicago and, in doing so, pledged to “work with the Mayor’s office and city departments to develop a budget that promotes urgent climate action.” A couple additional cubicles in the mayor’s office won’t cut it.

It’s time for City Council and the mayor to re-establish the Chicago Department of Environment.

They do realize they are members of the city council, right? And can submit legislation? Perhaps the upper middle class and rich folks in Chicago might care, but, how about all those Chicagoans who have to deal with the crime? There’s a 1 in 103 chance of being a victim of violent crime in Chicago, and a 1 in 39 chance of being a victim of a property crime. But, hey, go for it, do your climate crisis scam stuff.

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4 Responses to “Chicago Needs To Act Boldly On Climate Doom Or Something”

  1. Jl says:

    Of course, if you’re the type that’s scared of the CO2 molecule, a better bet would be to have, say, Shanghai “act boldly on climate doom”. That would at least sorta help your non-existent problem…but we’re not dealing with rocket scientists here…

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      No need to fear one molecule of CO2, but 1 pound of CO2 has over 240,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 molecules of CO2! And one gallon of gas when burned is converted into about 18 lbs of CO2!! If you burn 20 gallons a week x 18 x 100,000,000 cars = a ridiculously large number of molecules.

      And CO2 lasts years in the atmosphere, much being absorbed by the oceans (that’s why the ocean pH is decreasing) and some even more slowly into rocks. Clearly more is being added than is being recycled by natural processes since the CO2 concentration is still increasing, now to levels not seen in human history.

      One molecule of CO2 in the atmosphere can absorb infrared radiation (heat) and re-emit it, which can be absorbed by water vapor, all slowing the loss of Earth’s heat to space, causing the atmosphere to warm, which warms the oceans and land etc.

      The science is sound. Whether or not we do anything about it is a political question, as it should be.

      So, NASA doesn’t have “rocket scientists”, LOL. Are you or Pierre Gosselin “rocket scientists”, or scientists at all?

      So-called “skeptics” squawk about the science as part of their political attacks on the potential actions to slow warming.

      • drowningpuppies says:

        Every year when getting close to another COP event all the climate alarmists/forced energy transformationists like Rimjob ramp up the same old tired, dishonest and unscientific arguments that have been shot down repeatedly.

        “It’s the science” they whine. Trust us, you deniers!

        Bwaha! Lolgf

      • Jl says:

        The science is so sound that there’s still been no experiment done demonstrating the agw theory, and of course there’s still several other theories that can explain the warming.
        “Potential actions to slow warming …”. And still no proof that warming needs to be slowed. Rocket scientists, indeed…

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