The Earth’s climate is in a constant state of change. [In the letter “Fairfax County should lead on issues related to climate change“ in the Feb. 21-23 Fairfax Times, Jean Wright] assumes, by inference, that man can change the climate. That is a huge presumption despite what Al Gore would have us believe. The reality is that the earth has been warming ever since the last ice age and there has been no significant warming in the past 16 years. I don’t wish to get into a debate whether or not man caused global warming is a reality; there are others on the Web more eloquent than I who can disclaim the theory. I would like to point out that China is expected to bring online one 500 MW coal-fired power plant per week through 2030; India is also expected to continue expanding their coal-fired fleet of electric power plants. With that much additional CO2 dumped into the atmosphere every power plant in the U.S. could be shut down with no reduction in total CO2 levels.
As someone who has some experience with sustainability and energy conservation efforts; I have a professional certificate in Sustainability for Existing Buildings as well as one in Facility Management from George Mason University, I also hold the titles of Certified Facility Manager and Sustainability Facility Professional from the International Facility Management Association. I realize the biggest hurdle in any program of this nature is the economics. I certainly hope that despite perceived pressure applied by organizations such as the Fairfax Alliance for Climate Solutions, any decision made by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will be one of fiduciary restraint with a return on investment analysis that justifies the expenditure.
William C. Bull II, Oakton