Agenda Item 25 (not Agenda 21, thank goodness) at Tuesday’s county Board of Supervisors meeting seemed straightforward enough: “Presentation by Sierra Business Council (SBC) on the results of the Nevada County 2005 Community-wide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory.”
After all, seven counties and 11 cities in the region are participating. And it was an information only presentation; no board action was being considered.
But George Rebane, Russell Steele and Judi Caler all showed up to speak out against the inventory, global warming proponents, Agenda 21, even the “I” word (as in vaguely worded international policies targeting our small, rural county).
The SBC contingent just stuck to their presentation, avoiding the political rhetoric. One gentleman came to the podium to thank the group for their work.
Several times Brian Sussman’s book “Climategate” was cited as an authoritative source. The agenda item meeting ran long — but not as long as some others that featured this contingent.
I was surprised at the group’s vigilance, too, since the board largely was sympathetic to concerns about the greenhouse gas inventory process, the “I” word and “more regulations” — perhaps more than they should have been given that Prop. 23 lost in our county, not just the state.
It’s tough to keep all your constituents happy, including the ones who show up at board meetings to protest. It’s important to remember that most of us don’t have time to attend. I call them the “silent majority.” They vote, though.
Some more background is here.
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