Still no word in the local media, but Nevada County is set to discuss the question of AB811 implementation at next Tuesday’s supervisors meeting, a program meant to help accomplish the goals of the state’s global warming act, as I reported previously.
Though already adopted in neighboring Placer County, discussion of the energy conservation loan program is likely to set up a contentious debate in our county. While many people are in strong support of the program, some more extreme camps deny that human-caused global warming exists. Expect a vocal turnout on both sides.
“Assembly Bill 811, signed into law in 2008, authorizes local governments to create benefit assessment districts to finance the installation of energy conservation improvements on existing residential, commercial, industrial and other real property,” according to a memo from Chairman Nate Beason, who will introduce the discussion.
Sonoma County’s program serves as a model for Placer’s “mPower” program and for others that are being developed throughout the state.
“Board members have begun to receive constituent inquiries about whether we are planning to offer this type of program in Nevada County,” Beason writes. “Depending on the outcome of the discussion, we may direct the Treasurer-Tax Collector and County Executive Officer to take appropriate follow up actions.”
The document is here: Document-648492
California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, or AB 32, is known throughout the nation as being the landmark state legislation that addresses climate change.
To me, it’s a “no brainer” to explore this financing program further. I’m more interested to see if we can move forward as a community rather than be held hostage by the vocal extremists who only serve to polarize us.
It will take some courage and leadership on the part of electeds, civic and business people to plow ahead — something that has largely been missing in the past.
Thanks to Beason, a moderate Republican, for introducing this. Nate, I’ve heard, has taken some barbs from the more extreme conservatives around here lately. As I’ve written before, there’s a power struggle going on among our county’s conservatives when it comes to a unified (and constructive) approach.
Speaking of “leadership,” I would argue Congressman Tom McClintock’s inflexible posturing and rhetoric — including some allegedly inflammatory comments about our county’s clerk-recorder’s race, for example — are contributing to the local GOP identity crisis.
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