Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Plan Maryland - Gov. Martin O'Malley - #3379 - Maryland Rural Officials, Lawmakers Threaten Tax Revolt, Mass Exodus Over Environmental Plan - The Daily Caller

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is threatening to ram through a sweeping new land use plan that imposes an environmentalist agenda on the state’s sprawling rural populations — a move that could spark a tax revolt and mass exodus unless it is rewritten, county officials and state legislators told The Daily Caller on Monday.  O’Malley has indicated that he intends to impose what some lawmakers are calling a draconian new environmentalist agenda, known as “Plan Maryland,” through executive order and regulation, rather than through the state legislature, even though his fellow Democrats dominate both chambers.  Plan Maryland’s expensive new mandates for rural home builders will make new residences prohibitively expensive. O’Malley also intends to withhold state funds from new road projects and even new sewage systems if they are proposed outside the “smart growth” boundaries designated by his state planning board.  “As rural legislators and county commissioners, we will do everything we can to stop it through legislative means,” Delegate Kathy Afzali, a Republican from Frederick County told TheDC.  “But if we can’t stop it, we are going to push back. We are going to tell the governor quite simply, we won’t pay for it,” she added. “People are calling for absolute disobedience. We’re not going to take it lying down.” ...................

Lord Christopher Mockton, a former science adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, presented an economic analysis of Plan Maryland — an analysis that he purposely based on flawed data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the much-criticized international panel of scientists whose leaked email exchanges discussing the need to doctor their raw data became known as “Climategate.”  “How much warming will Plan Maryland abate, and how much will it cost? They don’t say — and I’m going to show you why,” Lord Mockton said.  Even using the “flawed and one-sided” data from the IPCC, Lord Mockton found that it would cost 1884 times as much to shut down carbon-producing activity in Maryland over the next fifty years as it would to sit back and do nothing, only later mitigating the most catastrophic effects of global warming the IPCC is predicting.  “In less than 40 years from now, 90 percent of all economic activity in Maryland is to be shut down. That is in their proposal,” he said.     Read entire article........ 

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