We’ve been hearing for years that Boulder is strapped for cash. It’s only going to get worse from here. But there’s some relief thanks to the insanity over so-called anthropogenic global warming (ie. the theory that it’s caused by people), now called “climate change”. You may have heard that a couple years ago Boulder joined with three California cities, along with Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, in a lawsuit against the federal government for funding fossil fuel projects in foreign countries.
The cities claimed that global warming would negatively affect them, and that the federal government was irresponsibly contributing to it. Well guess what? The wackos won. I think it’s a tragedy. The court effectively agreed with the environmentalists that the government was negligently contributing to environmental degradation (in other words, the court ruled that AGW is real) without considering alternatives. The law that the court found was violated was the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which was passed in 1970.
The plaintiffs were smart. The case was brought to federal court in San Francisco. So, yeah, what did you think was going to happen? This is similar to the kind of “venue shopping” plaintiffs and class action lawyers use when they’re suing drug companies. It was a slam dunk.
The federal government agreed to pay $500 million in a settlement this past Friday with the cities for renewable energy projects, which will “compensate” for the supposed global warming caused by the projects the government funded. Think of it as the government purchasing a big fat “carbon credit” (oy!).
I’ve long said (perhaps not on here, but elsewhere) that the alarmism over AGW, with the science in the state it’s in, is equivalent to the fable The Emperor’s New Clothes. The “tailors” claim that humans are causing global warming, and that if people can’t see this is true they are either stupid or unfit to be part of the elite. Not wanting to seem unfit the elite have fallen into line. And the skeptics are marginalized with the claim of “denier” and associations with “the Flat Earth Society”. We like to think we live in an age of reason…