Do you want to pay more for your electric bill?
How about give up your car or truck?
Despite widespread criticism and a lack of public support, San Antonio is forging ahead with its short-sighted and expensive climate change plan — which, despite bearing the title Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP), actually has nothing to do with the climate or the environment.
Even if the entire U.S. power sector eliminated carbon dioxide emissions in the next 10 years, the United Nations’ worst-case scenario data models project that global temperatures would decrease by at most 0.04 degrees in 2100. Nothing San Antonio does could have any discernible effect on global temperatures, and yet the city wants to spend billions in tax dollars to:
- Force its municipal utility to go 100% renewable
- Pressure citizens to give up their cars and trucks and switch to electric vehicles
Wind and solar power are too intermittent and unreliable to power entire economies, at least not without unprecedented advancements in battery storage technologies, and require massive amounts of land. More importantly, renewable mandates invariably lead to higher energy costs — which means higher prices for everything we do.
More than half of San Antonians aren’t willing to pay a single dime more on climate change programs. But the city’s misguided climate plan would lead to higher utility bills and higher taxes. Its electric vehicle plan would mean scrapping San Antonio’s multimillion investment in converting its entire bus fleet to natural gas, which a clean, efficient, Texas-made fuel that supports public education and transportation infrastructure.
Blindly increasing the cost of living is just pad policy — especially for low-income families. Sadly, San Antonio’s poverty rate is worse even than Detroit’s, and the CAAP can only make it worse.
Two-thirds of San Antonians oppose any plan that would ask them to give up their vehicles and switch to public transportation. It’s clear that the Alamo City won’t stand for government pontificators limiting their personal choices.
The Lone Star State has always been a beacon of freedom for the nation and the world. The saying is, “As goes Texas, so goes the nation.” San Antonio’s Green New Deal must be stopped in its tracks.
Join Life:Powered and the Texas Public Policy Foundation for our first town hall on the problems with San Antonio’s CAAP proposal June 12 at the Central Library.