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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:27 am, Wed Jul 18, 2012.

The city of Lodi is currently working on a climate action plan to create ways the community can voluntarily help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve energy.

The Lodi City Council hired Sacramento-based consultant AECOM to design a plan that will work with the city’s General Plan, a document that will guide development in Lodi for the next 20 years.

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  • Bob Smith posted at 7:24 pm on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    One word:


  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:25 pm on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Or, maybe Mr Miller has some of it right. Obviously it is good to obtain input from a variety of sources and take what makes sense from each participant. If you narrow your research as Mr Barrow suggests, you are likely to diminish the results that could have been. We need objective and open perspectives, not closed and narrow ones like Mr Barrow.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:19 pm on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ron, may I suggest you design the blades of the windmills to have an attachment where bamboo wind chimes can twirl and clank as the wind does it magic. This will add a softness and tranquility to the hardness of the metal making Lodi a better place to be. It also will attract the attention of people to look more closely at the windmills that incorporate your solar panels in the design.
    Lastly, I think you are missing the boat in asking for a $120,000 consulting fee. I think you should take a percentage of the saving Lodi will experience for a period of thirty years. Would be an excellent retirement plan.

  • roy bitz posted at 1:58 pm on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Excellent points and commentary Marc Yates.

    Seems to me city staff should have the wherewithal to research this kind of project and provide the needed direction---probably better direction than what a consultant with no "skin in the game".

    Memo to LNS--I think most of your readers would be interested in seeing an article showing all the the city's consultant billings for the past year or so.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 10:02 am on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1601

    It seems strange that that the consultants would be looking for input from Citizens in Action and Ed Miller. Mr. Miller recently wrote a column for the Sentinel where he stated his belief that climate change was not human driven and that CO2 levels are decreasing. He concluded that column stating "In conclusion, man-driven global warming is still being promoted to support a political agenda of impractical environmental policies by manipulating the public's emotions. In addition, plausible supporting scientific evidence for man-driven climate change is being overtaken by data debunking the theory." If Lodi wants to find "ways the community can voluntarily help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve energy." I would suggest that they tell AECOM to look elsewhere for input.

  • Ron Werner posted at 8:17 am on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Ron Werner Posts: 101

    Scooters would be nice. I suggest the city build those beautiful windmills on every available piece of city owned property. Not the small ones, I'm talking the big 150 footers. I'm always impressed with the absolute beauty of windmill farms when I drive the Altamont, Tehachapi pass or the I-10 to Palm Springs. I have just applied for a patent that combines windmills and solar panels. The blades are larger than normal but hold the panels. During the day they are stationary and collect the sun's energy, but rotate when the delta breezes pick up in the afternoon and evening. It also solves the problem of how to dispose of birds that are killed by the turning blades - the electricty vaporizes them. Like a huge bug zapper. Perfect for urban use such as Lodi. I have an appt with the city council to present my proposal and get my $120,000. consulting fee.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:45 am on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I notice in many places out of USA many cities promote the use of tiny motor scooters which get over 100 miles per gallon.

    These scooters are manufactured in California and cost 600-800 each. Maybe Lodi should provide incentives. For example, lets tax all vehicles $3000.00 if you live in Lodi then buy scooters for Lodi citizens and pay for gas with the taxes. Lets tax everyone who has a vehical that gets less than 100 miles per gallon. Then any vehicle that gets less than 30 miles a gallon will have an additional supplemental tax of $5000.00 to pay for solar panels for homes...

    Lastly, we should put a large billboard at the entrance of Lodi ( in green of course) that says, welcome all sheeple who believe that global warming can be changed by anything Lodi does.

  • Marc Yates posted at 7:23 am on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    MWYates Posts: 22

    They spend $120,000 on "Consultants" in a time of austerity in hopes of receiving "grant money" from a bankrupt state in order to comply with yet to be mandates to a non-binding UN regulation based on faulty science. You go Lodi City Council!

  • William Dawes posted at 6:36 am on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    William Dawes Posts: 116

    AB32 seeks to implement regulations from Agenda 21, which was rejected by the Congress. Therefore, it should not be allowed by state or local governments. Farmers and businesses would be hit really hard by this agenda's regulations.



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