Mayor Dan Coody proudly wrote on his Blog this week, ''We should proclaim this the Summer of Sustainability in Fayetteville. We have received a very prestigious award; we are hosting an international conference on climate change; we are already seeing evidence of energy savings resulting from minor behavior modifications among city employees and major changes such as the transition to bio-diesel.''
Not everyone thinks this is a good deal. Local expert Valerie Biendara, a new member of the Fayetteville parks advisory board, called the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives a ''leftist organization'' and referred to Coody's conference as ''Fayetteville's 'Global Warming' Kookfest.'' According to Biendara, the bogus threat of global warming is a result of alarmist manipulation. "The fad is to jump on the bandwagon," she said. "It's scientists looking to get grant money and politicians looking to win awards." Global climate change occurred long before humans industrialized, she stated.
Another local expert, Timothy R. Smith, agrees with Biendara. ''What I find so interesting about living here in Fayetteville is the inconsistent thinking found in the crowd of earth worshipers which appears to drive much of the local political process. These folks are the ones who trample on individual property owner’s rights by enacting laws about which trees can be cut down,'' he said.
Expert Smith also shares Biendara's disdain for Fayetteville's sustainability efforts. ''This same group talks about CO2 levels and global warming along with how the city can spend more money to save the earth. They hire a sustainability coordinator to go around and tell city departments directors to tell their employees to turn off lights they are not using. They push for purchase of a hybrid city vehicle so we can feel good about doing something. They ignore the evidence that global warming is directly related to increased sun spot activity and has no correlation to increased industrial activity of the 20th century.''
I'm just a country lawyer, but I have to go with Mayor Coody on this one. Sounds like Biendara and Smith have been drinking the Kool-Aid or watching too much Fox 'News'.