Local government embracing “green” agenda

Local government embracing “green” agenda
August 15 19:04 2016 Print This Article

Lowcountry WatchdogThe sales tax increase referendum which will appear on the November 8 ballot reflects the “green” agenda, with $600 million slated for mass transit and more than $200 million for unspecified “greenspace” projects.

The referendum does include some worthwhile road projects, such as widening Highway 41 in Mt. Pleasant, building an overpass on Main Road in West Ashley crossing over Savannah Highway and improving intersections along Savannah Highway. It also includes $258 Million for a bus system extending 23 miles from Summerville to downtown with no survey reflecting consumer demand for the project.

The City of Charleston is a member of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), which was formed by the United Nations in 1990. ICLEI calls for high density development and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through increased mass transit and “ecomobility” (walking and riding bicycles) to “get people out of their cars.” You can read about it at SustainableDevelopment.UN.org.

Time for a mini science lesson – CO2 makes up only 0.04% of the air we breathe and human activity accounts for only about 3% of that tiny concentration. CO2 is also harmless to humans and beneficial to plants. There is no scientific evidence that “getting people out of their cars” would have any impact on CO2 concentration or global temperatures.

The high-density development emphasis creates heavier traffic and threatens to suburban character of West Ashley, James Island, Johns Island and Mt. Pleasant. A 279-unit apartment complex on Maybank Highway on James Island is being considered right next to a 280-unit complex under construction along an already congested stretch of road.

Charleston City Councilwoman Kathleen Wilson has noted the plans are putting “urban projects on a suburban island.” The suburban lifestyle centers around single-family subdivisions and the freedom to get around in cars on your own terms. Most of the existing mass transit system ride around nearly empty.

It’s time for our elected officials to listen to the voters and reject the “sustainable development” agenda. A vocal minority pushes for bicycle lanes everywhere, but few people use them. And who wants to walk a mile to the nearest bus stop?

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