City administrator seeks to overrule 2 citizen boards and prevent discussion

If you think elected officials are making decision you might be wrong.

Both the Committee on Urban Design and Environment and the Energy Commission have submitted letters (see attached) recommending that the City of Rochester adopt a resolution in support of the EPA using the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon in our atmosphere to no more than 350 parts per million. This initiative is from  The Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a membership activist organization whose initial mission was protection of endangered species. They have now become involved in other environmental issues such as climate change. They seem to be litigious and have filed over 600 lawsuits around the country. It is not known what would be required, if anything, to meet the 350 PPM of carbon dioxide or how this level may effect local businesses, including the Mayo Clinic.

The City Council recently affirmed the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which contains provisions related to greenhouse gas emission reductions. Since the City Council has taken action on the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s resolution, there does not seem to be a need for the City of Rochester to affiliate itself with the Center for Biological Diversity, which seem to be somewhat controversial and confrontation on climate change issues.

I will not bring the CUDE and Energy Commission requests on this issue forward for Council consideration unless directed to do so by the Mayor and  City Council.

This is a classic Ad_hominem logical fallacy.  Stevan wishes to not discuss a matter because he doesn’t like the source.  This is despite the fact that everything in the resolution is correct.

Stevan could bring this forward and advise the council to vote against it, but instead he is trying to prevent the public from hearing the discussion and seeing where their elected officials stand.


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