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February 10, 2010

Last November, New York Governor David Paterson issued an executive order setting up a Climate Action Council.  This panel of state bureaucrats will supposedly address ways the state can fight warming.  In fact, the fix is in: The report will push strongly toward a phase-out of New York's fossil-fueled power plants and motor vehicles, says Paul Chesser, a special correspondent for the Heartland Institute. 

This drill has been run already in 33 states, from Alaska to Florida.  Behind most of those efforts -- and now New York's -- is the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS), a Washington-based warming-alarmist group that lobbies governors to use its services.  The nonprofit usually collects about a half-million dollars each time it's hired -- some from state coffers, but more from such wealthy activist foundations as the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, says Chesser: 

  • In state after state, CCS signs on as "technical experts" -- dispassionate "facilitators" assisting a "stakeholder process."
  • In fact, it winds up exerting total control over the climate panel's process -- running the meetings, limiting the menu of acceptable ideas and prohibiting discussion of science.
  • When the process is done, the result is always 50-some recommendations to the governor (for making executive orders) and the legislature (to make laws) that raises energy prices and diminishes consumer freedom.
  • Ideas that have taken hold with other states' commissions include biofuel mandates and subsidies, vehicle-idling limits, taxpayer-funded incentives to live near rail stations and pay-by-the-mile insurance premiums.  

Beyond these specifics, the agenda of the CCS mainly seeks to replace efficient fossil-fuel energy with such inadequate, expensive "renewables" as solar or wind power -- or at least to massively penalize the use of fossil fuels and subsidize "renewables."  Such policies would force New Yorkers to pay millions more for energy -- a burden that would fall hardest on the poor, says Chesser.  In the meantime, the "science" behind global warming has been falling apart.  We've learned that researchers at the United Kingdom's Climatic Research Unit fudged important data and withheld records from outside scientists who wanted to test their work.  

This CCS exercise is an exercise in futility.  It might be great for keeping the nonprofit's staff rolling in grant money -- but it can do nothing for New York.   Paterson should shut the panel down now, says the Chesser. 

Source: Paul Chesser, "Anti-warming scam at work in NY," New York Post, February 9, 2010. 

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