Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen
Is something rotten in Denmark trip?
Letter to the Press Democrat Editor:
EDITOR: Obviously Sonoma County has lots of extra money if it can afford to spend $22,500 sending seven people to Copenhagen. Have fun with the taxpayers money while in Denmark.
From Shakespear's play, Hamlet
He waxes desperate with imagination.
Let's follow. 'Tis not fit thus to obey him.
Have after. To what issue will this come?
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Heaven will direct it.
Nay, let's follow him.
To put it bluntly, not only is global warming a sham, so is this United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen which runs Dec. 13 to 18.
The event is expected to draw 30,000 people from 192 nations including President Obama and seven locals from Sonoma County.
The Sonoma Seven are being sent so they can “tout the county's environmental programs, participate in educational panels and have a voice in the debate”.
1. Supervisor Valerie Brown
2. Suzanne Smith, executive director of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority
3. Tom Brilliant, Consultant, videographer and educator
4. Paul Kelley, Board of Supervisors president & president of the California Association of Water
5. Jake Mackenzie, Rohnert Park councilman & member of the Water Agency's advisory committee
6. Tim Anderson, Water Agency's governmental affairs director
7. Robert Wilkinson, UC Santa Barbara Professor & expert on environmental policies.
The cost? $22,500
Is this a waste of money?
Yes. Considering current budget cuts, increased rates and employee furloughs at the water agency and in the county, why do six people from the Water Agency and one from the county's Transportation Authority need to make the trip at all?
Enquring minds want to know!
Sonoma County sending 7 people to climate conference in Denmark
Sonoma County: Red, black, green