King County Executive Dow Constantine is using the hot weather as an opportunity to promote his extreme green agenda. As KIRO Radio’s Jason Rantz puts it, Constantine appears to be preying on the misery of us all. Rantz,
“I’m absolutely miserable. With the office AC temporarily offline, I got crankier and crankier with the rising temperature to the point where, perhaps in a fever dream, I started thinking about what if global warming is, in fact, man-made and man-influenced (to a meaningful degree), and not cyclical in nature…
“And just about that time when I was thinking about the issue of global warming, we received an email with a blog post from King County Executive Dow Constantine and it’s like he knew what I was feeling! But he decided to prey on my misery (all of our misery) to push his agenda.”
Here’s what was in the email:
“From increasingly hot and dry summers, to the lack of winter snow, climate change is already impacting the environment, health, economy, and quality of life in King County,” said Executive Constantine. “Pledges and good intentions won’t get us to our climate goals or meet our commitment to future generations. The Strategic Climate Action Plan maps out clear targets and priority actions to address climate change in collaboration with our cities, energy providers, businesses, and residents.”
What’s so annoying about Constantine’s email? Blatant opportunism. He is using the heat wave to push an agenda that will never offer relief… not even in the long term. Here’s the thing, Constantine’s push lacks appeal for one simple reason. Rantz,
“In this case, his plan makes one ask of us that would actually make us even more miserable. He wants us to take the bus.
“He wants us out of our cars and onto the bus. I can’t think of anything worse to do on a hot summer day than ride in a dirty bus full of sweaty slobs as miserable as I am with all this heat.”
Rather than spending more time and energy promoting buses, Constantine would do better to promote carpooling. But, as Rantz points out, he won’t because he hates cars. Rantz,
“There’s this reluctance from environmentalists to accept the country’s car culture. You can hate on it all you want, but that won’t change culture. Not one that is so engrained in our everyday lives; something that economy’s are built on.
“But they can’t get over their hate, so they keep pushing messages that fail. And I can’t think of a bigger loser than the idea of riding the bus when it’s hot.”