The story behind Gov. Ritter’s Climate Action Plan? A Face the State report today says there’s more than meets the eye. Here’s the heart of it:
[Climate Strategies Watch director Paul] Chesser said his research has shown that a CCS-created template ends up pushing the same costly policy agenda in most or all the different states in which it has operated. Its prescriptions regularly include carbon taxes, cap-and-trade regulations, and renewable energy mandates.â€œThe whole stakeholder process has been granted a credibility that it does not deserve,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s a fixed process created, controlled, and run by CCS, and funded by global warming alarmist advocates, which calls everything it does into question.â€
In addition to questioning funders of the commission, Chesser is now also vocalizing concerns about the funding arrangements behind University of Colorado professor Heidi Van Genderenâ€™s appointment as the governorâ€™s climate change adviser. He uncovered the fact that Van Genderen is being paid by the left-leaning William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to serve in her official capacity.
Like a watcher and Bob Agard (Get Well Soon!), I was privileged to sit down to dinner Tuesday night with Mr. Chesser. The story he shared demonstrates a major blind spot in Colorado’s MSM: one might call it fear of challenging the Eco-Orthodoxy. But you don’t have to take Chesser at his word to cast a critical eye on the whole situation.
At the very least, Ritter’s Climate Action Plan needs to be vetted by a much more thorough and realistic cost-benefit analysis.