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Submissions for Draft Emissions Reduction Plan close May 10th

At the Ordinary Council meeting of April 11th, 2017 Councillors moved a motion that Council endorse the draft 2017-2021 Emissions Reduction Plan for public consultation and that the draft 2017-2021 Emissions Reduction Plan be placed on public exhibition for a period of 28 days, the draft Plan and any public submissions be presented to Council for adoption. Dr James Taylor, P.Eng, FCASI offers Council his submission: Review of the Draft Emissions Reduction Plan 2017 - 2021 Thank you for this opportunity to make my views known on the draft Emissions Reduction Plan 2017-2021. In this review, I first present my conclusions and recommendations followed by a more detailed assessment of climate science and a critique of the ERP. My conclusions and recommendations are solely my own. I do not represent any other person, company or organisation. I have never received funding from any source for work relating to climate science, the environment, energy systems, fuels or related subjects I provide my views as a resident, ratepayer and research engineer with a deep background in physics, math and engineering science - including computer modelling - over a career spanning more than 50 years (B. Electrical Engineering, MSc Aeronautics and Astronautics, PhD Aerospace Engineering). My conclusions, formed over the last 10 years by my own research of the debate regarding Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW), will probably not sit well with the authors of the draft ERP who will likely label me a denier, a derogatory term commonly used to vilify people who speak at odds with orthodox climate change beliefs. I prefer the term sceptic because in fact the entire history of scientific progress is fundamentally based on scepticism - not consensus. When political leaders endlessly repeat that "the science is settled on climate change", they reveal their complete ignorance of the nature of science which is a process of inquiry, not a source of unquestioned authority. Open debate and discussion are the hallmarks of scientific progress that has benefited the standard of living of billions of people worldwide. You can continue reading Dr Taylor's 11 page submission HERE Draft 2017-2021 Emissions Reduction Plan Closing date for submissions: Wednesday 10 May 2017 Eurobodalla Council is aiming to source 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030 and reduce its energy emissions 80 per cent by 2030. The draft ERP will build on the work done over the last ten years through the Greenhouse Action Plans and set the course for the next four years. Over $1m and 5,100 tonnes of CO2e per year has been saved from completed emissions reduction projects.Activities proposed in the new draft plan include completing the LED street light upgrade, exploring ways to use methane from landfill gas extraction, investigating large-scale solar, battery storage and other renewable energy options, facilitating electric car charging infrastructure and developing a Council Climate Adaptation Strategy. Closing date for submissions Wednesday 10 May 2017 Draft 2017-2021 Emissions Reduction Plan (2.7 MB) To make a submission during the exhibition period, you can: write a letter addressed to:The General Manager PO Box 99 Moruya NSW 2537 email

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