Mayors Signed the "Climate Charter" - Now What Happens?

Thank you to a Nine-County Coalition participant for suggesting a discussion about Mayors of U.S. and other cities signing the “Chicago Climate Charter” on December 5, 2017.  We appreciate her communicating the following concerns:

Cities Participating in Climate Charter

* A map of U.S. partaking cities shows most espouse progressive views, which often include central planning.  Major California cities are partakers.

* Partaking big cities such as Chicago, New York, San Francisco and San Jose have failed to successfully control their unemployment, failing schools, public assistance, drug addiction, cost of living, and other ills.  Yet, they have pledged to successfully control how Mother Earth behaves.

* Mayors partaking in the Chicago Climate Charter may have ulterior motives and misguided beliefs that will affect all urban and rural residents:  “These 51 mayors may truly want to provide good air and good health for their residents; but they are being distracted with an allure of power that they can conquer the ‘greatest danger’ to the USA, according to some thinkers. The mayors may believe that they are serving their constituencies. In fact they are serving the cause of global governance thru the UN's advocacy for regional groups which purposefully avoid the legitimate nation-state governments.

What is the Chicago Climate Charter?

Here is a description from the Chicago Office of the Mayor website:

"At the North American Climate Summit, cities are taking action to articulate commitments to the Paris Agreement and highlight the scope and scale of city climate action in the United States following the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement."

In case readers fail to grasp the meaning contained in the Mayor's prose, let us clarify:  Signers of the Chicago Climate Charter pledged to abide by the mandates of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Powers Behind the Chicago Climate Charter

The Climate Charter is the result of a plethora of players too numerous to mention in any one article.  However, here are the main protagonists:

* Former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, now United Nations Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change:  Placed special focus on role of cities after the United States withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord.

* The Global Covenant of Mayors:  “The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy is an international alliance of cities and local governments with a shared long-term vision of promoting and supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and move to a low emission, resilient society.”

* United States Conference of Mayors:  “The United States Conference of Mayors strongly opposes President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord and has vowed that the nation’s mayors will continue their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to alleviate the impacts of global warming.”

C40 Cities:  “C40 is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change. C40 supports cities to collaborate effectively, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change.”

* Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago, host of the North American Climate Summit, where the Chicago Climate Charter was signed:  "Rather than burying our heads in the sand, Chicago is working with cities across the country and around the world to address the threat of climate change."

* Jerry Brown, Governor of California:   “July, 12, 2017. Today, California Governor Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg launched America's Pledge on climate change, a new initiative to compile and quantify the actions of states, cities and businesses in the United States to drive down their greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.”

Any More Concerns?

We know the purported objectives and we know the partakers.  But we don’t know the costs to our pocketbooks, to residents’ control over events, or to our country sovereignty.  Living in California, where climate change initiatives abound, we have had a taste of costs via high taxes and mandates from above.  Is there more to watch for now?  Yes,

* Were the Charter truly intended to empower residents, via their elected officials, to implement whatever they considered protection from whatever they viewed as climate change, we would be witnessing a democratic approach to a perceived threat.  However, is that what is happening in the San Francisco Bay Area under Plan Bay Area?  Or are we witnessing bureaucrats empowering themselves?

* A special red alert might go up in the minds of resident who understand why President Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris Accord.  As we noted above a principal player in the signing of the Charter is the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy.  We need to pay attention to the “global” on the organization’s title.

Here is quote on the Covenant of Mayors website:  “Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank:  After the recent launch with the European Commission of URBIS at the 2017 Cities Forum, the European Investment Bank is proud to partner with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and join efforts in closing the urban financing gap currently preventing many cities globally from implementing ambitious climate programs.”

Here is an announcement from the World Bank:  “Paris, France, 12 December 2017 – Today, at the One Planet Summit in Paris, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and World Bank Group, the world’s largest multilateral development bank, announced a new partnership to provide technical and financial assistance to 150 cities across the world undertaking aggressive climate action programs.”

Dying Polar Bears, L.A. Smog, and California Fires

Pretty soon your baby’s teething woes will be blamed on climate change. Why not, since it seems everything else is – which causes skeptics to redouble skepticism.  Such a scenario is hardly conducive to helping polar bears, eliminating the smog hanging over highways, or keeping homes from being consumed by devastating drought-induced fires.  

On December 12, Governor Jerry Brown delivered yet another impassioned climate change speech at the Two-Year Anniversary of the Paris Agreement.  This from the Governor’s website:

"We can't wait for the White House to wake up," said Governor Brown in keynote remarks on the acceleration of local and regional climate action. "We in America are operating from the grassroots - from the cities, from the states, from corporate leaders, from universities and from civil society."

Pointing to the state's nearly year-round fire season - and the blazes still raging in Southern California - the Governor also sounded the alarm on the costly and destructive global impacts ahead unless we rapidly decarbonize.

Not very helpful of the Governor, in our view, since the focus on climate change precludes discussion on homes now being built at the edge of tinder forests, conservation preventing cutting back trees where homes are built, or CalFire policies emphasizing suppression rather than prevention of fires.

By the Way….

The next Global Climate Action Summit will take place on September 2018 in San Francisco, California. How about we form a committee to require all attendees to travel to the conference on bikes?