As an official non-mayor of Carmel, I was delighted to see our one-and-only mayor join 215 other mayors in calling for more solar power. That’s 1.1 percent of the nation’s 19,429 mayors and city managers.
As Associated Press dispatch of Nov. 15 indicated the mayor said, “Even as Carmel continues its substantial growth, our city is working aggressively to reduce our carbon footprint well below what it was several years ago, when we were a smaller community. Solar plays a major role in that effort.”
Where? Christkindlmarkt sports no solar panels. Examining the specifications for the $800,000 roundabout art sculptures proposed for the Palladium corner, and Pennsylvania and Old Meridian, I saw no solar panels. Ditto for the Bloomin’ Idiot (err, Blooming Blossom) at 96th and Westfield Blvd.
As for the 40 black boxes lining the Rangeline Obstacle Course, narry a photon of solar stuff.
The mayor claims to be a moderate Republican, a fiscal conservative, joined 24 Republicans and 190 other (presumably Democrat) mayors in this utopian idea with no practical evidence, no price tags, and blissfully unaware of other stories making new in the last few days.
The mayor, 64 and a former cab driver, said, solar power is a “no-brainer” for every city to consider. Others with brains at NASA global reported average temperatures dropped by 0.56 degrees Celsius — the biggest two-year drop in the last century.
As for no-brainers, an alarming study claiming global warming of Earth’s oceans was based on a math error. Instead of a 60 percent increase, the oceans warmed from 10 to 70 percent — a range brainy scientists say makes the findings meaningless.
Unimpeded by facts, 1.1 percent of the nation’s mayors want more solar. The only other Indiana mayor to agree was Mayor Phil Jenkins of Nappanee. Ed Malloy in Fairfield, Iowa; Reginald Tatum of Opelousas, La.; Amanda Edmonds of Ypsilanti, Mich., and Josh Maxwell of Downingtown, Pa., also agreed, among others — including the aptly named mayor of Kansas City, Mo., Sly James.
When 80 percent of your voters don’t show up to re-elect you time after time after time, why worry that 98.9 percent of the other mayors seem to know someting we don’t.