It turns out there is a lot that can be done locally to mitigate the awesome consequences of rampant global warming.
It was heartening to learn the city of College Place was adding charging stations. The photo op announcing the addition of two electric buses to Valley Transit’s fleet had three prominent local politicians in it: Former Councilman Jerry Cummins, Councilman and now Mayor Tom Scribner and County Commissioner Todd Kimball.
Apparently, these three gentlemen were or are on Valley Transit’s board. Let’s get on with an entire fleet of electric buses.
Let us look forward to announcements from the Walla Walla City Council and the county commissioners that they have placed a moratorium on the purchase of any additional carbon-powered vehicles. When the public fleets have reached the end of their useful life, or even before, replace them with electric vehicles.
This will probably require additional tax revenues. I am OK with an increase in my taxes to pay for coping mechanisms to combat global warming.
Individuals can do a lot themselves. I am driving about half as much as I used to. Understand that every time you turn the ignition over you are making the problem worse.
What about the over full parking lots at the high school? Let us pay students to walk or ride bikes and start charging students who feel they have to drive a substantial climate fee for doing so. I can remember how cool I thought I was when I could drive to the high school I attended. I only lived 2 miles away. Most teenagers can walk two or three miles in less than an hour. And they will be in better shape when they get there.
Maybe it is time for a public screening of the cult film, “Repo Man.”
Recall the billboard above their lot. It read “The more you drive, the less intelligent you are.”