• Greenwich RTM Urged To Act Upon Net Zero Energy Resolution By Mostly Democrat Group

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    The Greenwich RTM, the town's legislative body, will be considering a resolution to fully embrace net zero energy standards for all new construction, replacement or extension building projects for the Town, including the schools, at Monday's RTM meeting.

    Item 10 on the explanatory comments for the April 8th meeting details the proposed resolution which is billed as a way for the town to achieve the Board of Selectmen's goals of reducing energy spending and consumption by 20-40% by 2030.

    It also cites potential grant money that could be accessed to pursue net zero projects, and further resolves to use a geothermal system in the new Central Middle School, despite the debacle surrounding the geothermal system installed at Hamilton Avenue Elementary School. The resolution downplays the maintenance issues experienced at Hamilton Avenue, stating that "a quick course in operational design can bring Facilities personnel up to speed on operations and on routine maintenance."

    The group that signed petitions in support of the resolution includes 29 democrats, 7 unaffiliated voters and 2 republicans, though some might argue that at least one of the two republicans is a republican in name only, especially after she got exposed for opposing the parental rights movement.

    Greenwich Democrats have been pushing the climate change / net zero agenda for quite a while, even though the science is not at all settled on climate change.

    Source: Greenwich Democrats Email (November 30, 2023).

    Net zero relies on the energy grid being able to “bank” excess energy generated by rooftop solar, but no such capability exists nor is any planned.

    Furthermore, net zero is simply not achievable even under extreme circumstances, as seen in the CMS design.  This design has 40% more rooftop solar than a typical building, and this is achieved by building the second floor into the hill.  Despite these extreme measures, the building will not be net zero, even with geothermal HVAC.  There simply isn’t enough rooftop space available to be truly net zero for large commercial buildings.

    Like the geothermal system at Hamilton Avenue, several past attempts to add solar panels to Greenwich schools have also failed.

    Here are some of the issues with net-zero building initiatives at schools:

    1. The panels crack from snow, ice and hail and leech toxic chemicals;
    2. Rooftop panels are costly and difficult to clean and maintain;
    3. Greenwich has a poor track record when it comes to maintenance, which could create a potential fire safety hazard; and
    4. Net zero standards require on-site energy storage which is itself a fire hazard and very costly.

    This and more is why “net zero” building standards have been abandoned in favor of other standards.

    Screenshot, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

    The quest for net zero can be traced back to The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body for assessing the "science" related to climate change since 1988.

    The United Nations incorporated the concept of net zero into the 2030 Sustainable Development and Climate Action agenda, which details specific sustainable development goals (SDGs), like Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG7) and Climate Action (SDG13).

    The Greenwich sustainability goals seem to fit neatly into the UN's 2030 agenda and timeline.

    It's not just the United Nations' agenda to move toward net zero.

    The World Economic Forum (WEF) has also called for a “net zero carbon future” for cities. The WEF even operates something called the "Net Zero Carbon Cities" program which works with city, regional and national government leaders to accelerate the shift to net zero. The WEF further has a relationship with a group called "C40 cities" whose mayors have committed to using an "inclusive, science-based and collaborative approach" to cut emissions in half by 2030 to build “equitable” communities in support of the UN/WEF goals.  

    Not everyone buys into the climate change narrative, including Sultan Al Jaber, the President of the United Nations 2023 climate change summit, COP28.

    Al Jaber stunned people around the world last year when he claimed that there is "no science" indicating that a phase-out of fossil fuels is needed to restrict global heating to 1.5C. This puts Al Jaber directly at odds with UN and WEF globalists who have argued for years that restricting global heating to 1.5C is a requirement for achieving net zero.

    Al Jaber also said a phase-out of fossil fuels would not allow sustainable development “unless you want to take the world back into caves.” 

    In light of the opposing viewpoints on net zero, Monday night's RTM discussion ought to be lively.

    Screenshot, X (formerly Twitter)

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