From Dan Fosterling, District 8, St. Croix County Board of Supervisors Facebook. Click
On December 17 the St Croix County Administrative Committee will take up the topic of a Carbon Tax. The meeting is at 5 PM at the St Croix County Government Center. Anyone can enter a commentary on this topic for 2-3 minutes at the beginning of the meeting.
Of Course we all believe climate changes over time. Thousands of years ago this county was covered by a thick sheet of ice.
There is a general correlation between Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Earth surface tempuratures but there doesn't appear to be a strong case for CO2 being the driver of catastrphic temperature change or mankind's generation of CO2 being the primary cause of our current CO2 levels. What we do know is that the models produced by the Climate Change subscribers were wrong but scientific challenges remain unacceptable.
Perhaps most meaningful in this context though is the International Energy Agency's report several years ago which reported that, even if the U.S., Europe and Japan reduced its Carbon emissions to zero, which would require the elimination of all breathing creatures in 50 years, we would not have reduced the Earth's CO2 levels below what we have now due to the emeging impacts of China, India and other developing countries. John Kerry alluded to this in December 2015 when he said to a UN convention on Climate Change, "If we somehow eliminated all of our domestic greenhouse-gas emissions, guess what — that still wouldn’t be enough to offset the carbon pollution coming from the rest of the world.”
The plan is that this will be revenue neutral- funds will be transferred to what goverment believes are more sustainable operations.
Is the economic sacrifice, the expansion of goverment power necessary?
Your input is welcome. While I am confident that how I think about this reflects the views of my district and the County as a whole, I am not confident that it is also the prevailing view of the County Board.