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Cash-poor US Mayors such as Carmel, Indiana’s Jim Brainard want Obama to give them US taxpayer dollars for possible future CO2 climate damage despite that scientists say US CO2 has plunged, is going lower, and is no longer a threat, UN says hurricanes and floods aren’t human caused

January 22, 2013

Even if man made CO2 causes global warming, US CO2 is no longer the problem. Scientists say US CO2 has plunged over the past two decades and is expected to go lower. This hasn’t been the case with other countries. Experts even say they expect US energy policy to change to reflect reduced concern for CO2. Some members of a US Mayors Conference such as Carmel, Indiana Mayor Jim Brainard appear uninformed about current science, and say they need federal tax dollars from Obama to pay for town projects to prepare for climate terror. (The UN IPCC says they see no proof that humans cause hurricanes, tornados or floods). This would be in addition to hundreds of billions US taxpayers have paid and continue to pay for “climate” expenses.  Despite that American taxpayers can’t be blamed for upcoming weather events as scientists note US emissions are heading even lower in coming years. (This assumes bad weather ever was Americans’ “fault.”) Mayor Brainard needs money for his town of 80,000 as the taxpayers have recently paid $200 million to bail out a Brainard project. The Town faces debts totaling close to $1 billion. Brainard is also a signatory to theUS Conference of Mayors  Climate Protection Agreement” which states on page 35 that Brainard defers to views of the UN IPCC  for matters affecting Carmel, Indiana such as that “global warming pollution” is happening and is caused by humans:

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1/18/13, U.S. mayors focus on ‘local warming,’ urge Obama to act, Reuters

“Mayors from a number of U.S. cities urged the White House this week to take the lead on

setting an agenda to address climate change.

 City leaders said that only the federal government has the tools

and clout to address greenhouse gases often blamed for

warming the planet….

“This should be discussed openly,” said Jim Brainard, the Republican mayor of Carmel, Indiana, who co-chaired the climate panel….

Mayors contend that those efforts often need

federal funding.  

They are counting on help from Washington to upgrade storm water systems, for example, and otherwise brace for the practical fallout from more extreme weather.

“There is a lot of call for the president to use his ‘bully pulpit’ and explain the consequences here,”

said Brainard.

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U.S. MAYORS’ CLIMATE PROTECTION AGREEMENT

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Oct. 16, 2012, Carmel (Indiana) mayor under fire, WISH-TV, Jay Hermacinski

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard is under fire.

The council president is accusing him of making secret deals using tax payer money. Now a former city councilman is asking the US Attorney to investigate….

The RDC has created $200 million worth of debt with the sole approval of the Mayor

we’d like to know what happened with this money,” said Acceturo.

He contacted the US Attorney’s office and requested investigators go through the financial dealings of the Redevelopment Commission 

as well as the Carmel City Center Community Development Corporation or 4CDC.

“The question we have here is, were federal laws broken by the activities of the 4CDC and the Carmel redevelopment Commission?” said Acceturo.

The US Attorney will not comment on whether he intends to investigate.

24-Hour News 8 requested a comment from Mayor Brainard. We were told he was out of town. His office did not release any statements concerning the issue.”

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12/31/12, Big moments of 2012,” currentincarmel, Robert Annis

 “CRC bailout”

For years, critics complained about the free-spending ways of the Carmel Redevelopment Commission. In 2012, those days came to an abrupt end.

A cash-poor CRC asked the city council to refinance nearly $200 million in debt.”…

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10/15/12, “Carmel discovers payment to former Palladium CEO, WTHR.com, Sandra Chapman

A Carmel City Council member is calling for the ouster of the City Center’s Development Commission after discovering its leaders paid the former CEO of the Palladium $100,000 to leave and not file a lawsuit.

After the CEO of the Carmel Palladium abruptly resigned last year amid serious allegations of misconduct, Eyewitness News has learned of a six-figure settlement to help him go away.

The discovery came as the Carmel City Council set out to investigate the Redevelopment Commission Debt.

Just weeks ago, Indiana’s Department of Local Government Finance put out a debt report showing the city of Carmel with

$895 million in total outstanding debt, ranking it the number one city in the state when it comes to debt load.

The council also made a surprising discovery: a settlement involving the former CEO of the Palladium, Steven Libman.

Libman resigned after allegations of a romantic relationship with his assistant. The mayor hired a private investigator and said money given to the foundation was misused for travel, hotels, meals, and shows. 

Until now, Councilman Rick Sharp says City Attorney Doug Haney and Mayor Jim Brainard denied paying Libman any money. New documents now show that was not true.

Sharp revealed that the mayor and city attorney later paid $100,000 to Libman to keep Libman from filing a lawsuit against them. The settlement had never been disclosed to the council.

“When you’re trying to deal with a body, an entity, an administration that has proven that they will actively cover up things, it’s kind of tough for me to pull the trigger on a potential $200 million debt issue until I can feel that I have clearly gotten to the bottom of it all,” said Sharp.”…

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“Carmel’s disastrous fiscal policies should serve as a warning sign to Indianapolis’ City-County Council as Mayor Greg Ballard tries to blackmail them into approving a massive expansion of TIF districts to finance more “economic development” activities 

at the expense of basic city services.

Carmel has put a substantial amount of its tax base in a TIF district.  

Funding of the TIF district is controlled by the Carmel Redevelopment Commission, which is  

controlled by Mayor James Brainard’s appointees. The CRC has racked up $345 million in debt to finance The Palladium, The Performing Arts Center and City Centre, 

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11/20/12, “Carmel council votes unanimously to bail out controversial redevelopment group,” IndyStar

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4/19/10, Brainard Administration to Ask Carmel City Council to Bail Out “The Palladium”,” OgdenOnPolitics

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Climate citations:

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8/16/12, “AP IMPACT: CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low,” AP, Kevin Begos

In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful  natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from dirtier-burning coal.

Many of the world’s leading climate scientists didn’t see the drop coming, in large part because it happened as a result of market forces rather than direct government action against carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere.  

Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, said the shift away from coal is reason for “cautious optimism” about potential ways to deal with climate change….  

In a little-noticed technical report, the U.S. Energy Information Agency, a part of the Energy Department, said this month that energy related U.S. CO2 emissions for the first four months of this year fell to about 1992 levels. Energy emissions make up about 98 percent of the total.

The Associated Press contacted environmental experts, scientists and utility companies and learned that
virtually everyone believes the shift could have major long-term implications for U.S. energy policy.”…

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6/26/12, “The Incredible Shrinking Carbon Pollution Forecast – Part 2,” switchboard.nrdc.org, Dan Lashof

“While there has been some press coverage of these facts (see here and here) I continue to find that most people are surprised to learn about this progress….


chart nrdc

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6/4/12, “Climate change stunner: USA leads world in CO2 cuts since 2006,” Vancouver Observer, Saxifrage


“Not only that, but as my top chart shows, US CO2 emissions are falling even faster than what President Obama pledged in the global Copenhagen Accord.

Here is the biggest shocker of all: the average American’s CO2 emissions are down to levels not seen since 1964 -over half a century ago. …Coal is the number two source of CO2 for Americans. Today the average American burns an amount similar to what they did in 1955, and even less than they did in the 1940s. …It is exactly America’s historical role of biggest and dirtiest that makes their sharp decline in CO2 pollution so noteworthy

and potentially game changing at the global level.”...

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12/7/12, “Surprise Side Effect Of Shale Gas Boom: A Plunge In U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions,Forbes, guest article by Julie M. Carey, an energy economist with Navigant Economics
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In order to determine where [catastrophic man-caused] climate change fits into the priority ranking of our nation’s most important agenda items, it seems worthwhile to step back and take stock of the quiet but tremendous progress that the U.S. has already made in reducing carbon [dioxide] emissions.”

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6/22/12,U.S. cuts greenhouse gases despite do-nothing Congress,” CNN, Steve Hargreaves

  • greenhouse gas emissions continuing to fall….

Others take the U.S. success in reducing its energy sector emissions as a sign that its fragmented, state-based, regulatory approach has worked better than Europe’s market-based cap-and-trade approach.”

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4/21/12, “Why [CO2] Emissions Are Declining in the U.S. But Not in Europe,” by Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, newgeography.com
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As we note below in a new article for Yale360, a funny thing happened: U.S. emissions started 

going down in 2005 and are 
expected to decline further over the next decade.”

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1/15/11, “Recession Special: Cleaner Air, NY Times, Matthew Wald

“What the government has not mandated, the economy is doing on its own: emissions of global warming gases in the United States are down.

According to the Energy Department, carbon dioxide emissions peaked in this country in 2005 and will not reach that level again until the early 2020s.”…

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News of US CO2 plunge has been described as:

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NASA climate scientist Hansen says ’5 yr. mean global temp. flat for past decade,’ climate predictions hampered by lack of scientific data, notes 2011 NASA satellite to measure aerosols crashed on take-off, no plans to re-start mission.

Jan. 15, 2013, “Global Temperature Update Through 2012, 15 January 2013,” Columbia University, J. Hansen, M. Sato, R. Rudy

(page 1): “Summary. …”The 5-year mean global temperature has been flat for a decade, which we interpret as a combination of natural variability and a slowdown in the growth rate of the net climate forcing….
 
(page 1, parag. 3): “The approximate stand-still of global temperature during 1940-1975 is generally attributed to an approximate balance of aerosol cooling and greenhouse gas warming during a period of rapid growth of fossil fuel use with little control on particulate air pollution, but satisfactory quantitative interpretation has been impossible

  • because of the absence of adequate aerosol measurements 3,4.”…

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Global Warming ‘action’ was institutionalized in US government in 1990 by George Bush the 1st in the “U.S. Global Change Research Act of 1990.”  CO2 is mentioned near the end.

Trillions have been taken from US taxpayers for climate endeavors via agency budget allocations, tax subsidies, diversion of US military to climate or green projects, countless federal regulations, vast sums shipped out in no strings foreign aid for ‘climate’ capacity building, etc.

Other countries’ CO2 hasn’t dropped despite hundreds of billions spent on cap and trade and extra taxes. This isn’t to say the US government hasn’t become business partners with the ‘climate’ industry.

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1/11/11, “Big Money in Climate Change: Who Gives, Who Gets,” Al Fin

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In 2011 alone the US spent “$10.6 million (taxpayer dollars) a day to study, combat, and educate about climate change.” 1/5/11

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10/31/12, “Roger Pielke: Hurricanes and Human Choice, Wall St. Journal , Roger Pielke, Jr., opinion

Sandy was terrible, but we’re currently in a relative hurricane ‘drought.’ Connecting energy policy and disasters makes little scientific sense.”

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3/28/12, “A Handy Bullshit Button on Disasters and Climate Change,” Roger Pielke, Jr.

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Mayor Jim Brainard interviewed by CNN’s John King in Feb. 2009

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