What’s the rush tell me what is happening…
Posted by David Keelan on Wednesday, July 25, 2007
The Sun reportstoday on the County Council’s struggle with Ken Ulman’s Green Legislation.
Council Chairman Calvin Ball, …, and Councilwoman Jen Terrasa, a North Laurel-Savage Democrat, appear interested in voting Monday on the environmental bills. [of course] But western county Republican Councilman Greg Fox is campaigning to table them….Mary Kay Sigaty and … Courtney Watson, haven’t publicly committed themselves.
“We have to work through these issues as much as we can and see what we can accomplish,” Ball said after the session.
At Watson’s urging, council members compiled 13 questions on the two commercial building bills. Ulman administration officials vowed to try to satisfy any objections with amendments and explanations.
“I’m not prepared to vote on it tonight,” Sigaty said. “I don’t know what we’ll be doing.”
Fox said he is not trying to harm the legislation but feels the council needs more time. He handed out information sheets about similar laws, including a reprint of a May 8 Fox News story about major operation problems in green municipal buildings built in Seattle.
Based on the multiple people I have spoken with about this and what I understand to be the Council’s concerns I think tabling this legislation until Sept/Oct is a good idea. I think the legislation will unanimously pass and. So, what is the rush and why the backoffice pressure on the Council members? Let them work through it. Don’t get me wrogn talking points and “myth busters” are good ways to help the Council get the facts straight but don’t bully this legislation through.
Who am I kidding. Sigaty, Watson and Fox are not the kind of people who can be bullid. Without those three having satisfied themselves (not each other) this will be tabled.
The council wants to get this done the right way. I don’t want any unintended consequences so Ulman should back off and give the Council time to review, digest, and offer amendments. Despite what the County Executive thinks he did not submit perfect legislation – how could he. He has to satisfy 5 other people that it is perfect – that is not an easy thing. Let the process play out. We will all be better off for it.
Now after it is passed and Green buildings start popping up all over the County then home owners and businesses should start saving lots of money on energy costs, right? WRONG!
Essentially, the more you save on electric use the less money the electric utility makes so the “consumer friendly” PSC will allow them to charge us more for transmission costs to make up the difference. I THOUGHT THEY DEREGULATED IN MARYLAND!
So, anyway this is just more reason for the Council to table this legislation. The cost savings these builders/owners would experience are no longer there.