Thursday, April 16, 2015

Re: Corvallis "Vlsion/Climate Action Plan"

UPDATE: John Detweiler's letter was published by the Corvallis Gazette-Times on 4/23/15: Letter: 'Climate action plan' misfires; Earth's woes are due to overpopulation

April 16, 2015 - Today, John H. Detweiler shared the following letter, which he submitted to the Gazette-Times Opinion page:

    The proposed FY15-16 budget contains a project entitled "Vision/Climate Action Plan". The project proposes to spend $285,000 this year and $735,000 in cumulative costs. That money would be better spent on fixing potholes, capital investments with a high internal rate of return, or simply saved. The last Vision Statement contained fine sounding words that have been used to beat up developers. I expect a new Vision and Action Plan will not be any better. Moreover, unless city government is going to fund the "action", the envisioned projects need to be profitable for developers or they will not happen.

    Any action that Corvallis takes to change the climate will just be noise in the earth's thermodynamic system. The real problem is the growing world population -- all of whom want to live the way the developed world lives -- which I estimate will be close to 12Billion early in the next century. Corvallis cannot take any action that will restrain or reduce population growth. For more on this issue, the reader is referred to "Cutting through Climate Change BS" on

    John H. Detweiler


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