Last week we were able to learn about the conspiracy of scientists who suppressed scientific information against assertions that global warming is man-made.
This eerily resembles the plot outlined in the 2004 techno-thriller novel by Michael Crichton, State of Fear . This book should be obligatory reading for anybody who wants to have a balanced opinion on this subject. I am all for clean air but I think that enormous sums of money would probably be better spent on trying to adapt to climate change that is coming. This includes the $50,000 of our tax money that our mayor and the council are giving away for their glory.
But there is still hope for humanity. On our recent trip to Cuba we saw a notice in our hotel bar: "Save the planet - re-use your glasses for refills." It really reduces your guilt of downing too many pina coladas when you know you are saving the planet. Maybe Whistler bars should try something similar?
We'll be watching for movement
I'd like to thank municipal council for their attention, in recent weeks, to the issues surrounding the asphalt plant operation adjacent to the Cheakamus Crossing development.
The plant has been operating, contrary to municipal zoning, for years.
Cheakamus Crossing purchasers raised a number of concerns with regard to the plant's continued operation in Whistler's legacy neighbourhood. Council heard our concerns and passed a motion to direct municipal staff to relocate the plant by June 1, 2010. Unfortunately, council's vote was not unanimous. Mayor Ken Melamed and Councillor Chris Quinlan were more inclined to support a staff recommendation which would have seen the plant continue to operate, with a temporary commercial use permit in place, for up to two years from the date of issue, with another possible two-year extension.
Thankfully, the remaining members of council (with the exception of Councillor Grant Lamont who was not present) agreed with the families moving into Cheakamus Crossing that the continued operation of this plant - for any length of time - within a residential neighbourhood is simply not acceptable. Councillor Ted Milner was adamant that the plant must close sooner rather than later. Kudos to you, Mr. Milner - and the councillors who supported your motion - for recognizing the health, environmental and financial impacts of the plant's continued operation in a residential neighbourhood.
It's disappointing that the motion didn't pass unanimously, as 100 per cent support for the plant's relocation prior to the occupancy of Cheakamus Crossing would have given staff a decisive, clear directive to ensure that this deadline is met while at the same time reassuring residents that council is determined to see this happen. At least everyone is in agreement that the plant has to go.