There appears to be several serious flaws with the Draft Comprehensive Environmental & Climate Action Plan (CECAP) dated February 2020. They include:
There is no valid description provided on what climate model or models were used to determine and forecast such dire climate change predictions, to include the “likely” increase of “5 degree Fahrenheit increase in mean temperature…”
There is no list of environmental injustices of the past that the City of Dallas has endured. How can a claim of environmental injustice be made when there is no valid definition of environmental injustice in the CECAP? If you compare climate change events to say the flu, you don’t say that there is medical injustice just because some people get the flu, and others don’t. Everyone who is exposed to flu is affected by it differently as their bodies react to it. Everyone exposed to climate change will be affected by it in different ways also, but that’s not environmental injustice. Climate change events will affect people differently not based on their socioeconomic status, but whether they are in the path of a climate change event.
How can the City of Dallas be committed to meeting erroneous emission targets set by the United Nations? The CECAP needs to state that the Paris Agreement of 2016 was proposed by the United Nations, and currently the President of the United States has announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the agreement.
The CECAP goals and objectives are to be commended, but the realization needs to be stated that no matter what efforts the City of Dallas does regarding climate change, it’s efforts will have little impact on global climate change. Climate change is real and happening right now, and no matter what efforts the City of Dallas or other cities make there can be no stopping climate change. Mankind’s causing of climate change is relatively small, therefore it’s impact reduction efforts will also be small. It was recently reported in the Dallas Morning News that New Zealand plans to become carbon neutral by 2050 which will cost 16% of the nation’s annual economy or $5 trillion over the century, and only reduce temperatures by four-thousands of a degree by 2100.
The CECAP should focus its effort on a more serious environmental threat – earth change. The CECAP should address the emergency preparedness and actions needed to address earth change events which include earthquakes. Dallas had a 3.1 magnitude earthquake on August 25, 2017. Many geologists are claiming that small earthquakes like the one Dallas received could be a precursor for a more severe earthquake. Let’s focus on emergency response, emergency shelter, earthquake notifications, and serious environmental threats that Dallas must be prepared for.