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5.21.24 SCOTTSDALE CITY COUNCIL

May 22, 2024 at 12:00:00 AM
City Hall Kiva Forum, 3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale
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Wasteful Government Spending, WEF AGENDA, BANNING CARS

AGENDA ITEM OF CONCERN:


7. Scottsdale Community Sustainability Plan Request: Adopt Resolution No. 13107 approving the Scottsdale Community Sustainability Plan. Presenter(s): Lisa McNeilly, Sustainability Director Staff Contact(s): Erin Perreault, Planning, Economic Development, and Tourism Executive Director, 480-312-7093, eperreault@scottsdaleaz.gov


CONCERNS:

  • While the plan doesn't directly call for reducing personal car ownership, it does call for reducing 15% of electricity usage while also switching the public to more electric vehicle ownership. Mathematically this is only possible if car ownership is virtually eliminated.

  • There are no chain of custody requirements to prevent tax dollars from going towards "green energy" initiatives that utilize equipment from raw materials harvested with child slave labor. The City of Scottsdale must add requirements to protect taxpayers from funding green slavery.


Quoted from the grassroots: 

On Tue May 21, Scottsdale City Council will vote on a "Sustainability Plan." 


The plan is climate-focused—ignoring (or worsening) the city's fiscal sustainability—so many cities call these 'Climate Action Plans.'


Much of the document contains benign and flowery language attempting to raise awareness about the climate, green technologies, shade benefits, and water conservation.


However, there are goals embedded in the plan that promote mandates, increased costs, and divisiveness:

  • Waste Reduction Goal (p.12): Households to reduce waste/trash by 90% in 15 years. Dave Bennett (Scottsdale's Waste Manager) told council this would require increasing rates on households—And raises concerns about toxic illegal dumping.

  • Water Reduction Goal (p.11): Households to reduce water consumption 1.3% per year until 2033. Scottsdale residents have voluntarily reduced their water consumption by 0.6% per year since 2000—Very impressive, but less than half of the goal. Although the Plan goes easy on commercial entities, the city will have to raise your water rates to meet the water-reduction goals.

  • Air Quality Goal (p.89): The plan leads off with participating in "regional efforts to improve air quality" including with MAG. MAG's first recommendation to reduce ozone is for you to drive as little as possible: carpool or use public transit.

  • Extreme Heat goal (p.102): Increase citywide tree canopy from 13% to 25%. It sounds nice, but City Manager says this goal is impractical because it requires land, water, and millions of dollars that we don't have.

  • Energy goal (p.10): Citywide electricity reduction of 15% in 10 years—regardless of energy source. Since residents buy energy from APS/SRP, the plan marshals city resources to monitor, audit, and report on energy users, and to expand mandates for green-codes on both residents and business.

  • Culture wars: The plan wades into culture wars, framing goals as social justice, with at least 12 references to Equity.

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