Berkeley Shrugged

President Obama is going to have a hell of a hard time reaching his goal of reducing man-made greenhouse gases 80% by the year 2050 if he can’t even get Eco-Nut World Headquarters — otherwise known as Berkeley, California — on board with him:

Berkeley’s City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to eliminate homeowner mandates from its climate action plan, in part because of an uproar from infuriated residents.

The plan required owners to upgrade their homes’ energy efficiency, based on an independent audit of a home’s windows, roof, appliances and insulation. The goal was for all of Berkeley’s 23,000 homes and 25,000 duplexes and apartment units to reduce energy use by 35 percent by 2020.

Many homeowners vehemently protested the mandates, saying the cost to upgrade a typical drafty prewar Berkeley home would be astronomical.

For environmentally-challenged liberals, there is no such thing as a bad idea… unless it’s one that requires them to pay for it out of their own pockets. This is the mistake the Berzerkly City Council won’t make again.

Trying to make people finance their own ideas? What were they thinking?

Berkeley Shrugged.


Author: Doug Powers

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