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Green Blocking: Tales from the Trenches about Resistance to Green Tech

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  • Paul M.

    Here is the key slide from the presentation showing what the SCCRTC estimated they would achieve with their ‘Cash for Carpools’ program, and what they ACTUALLY achieved after three years. Even though this project was given an extension from two to three years, only 1% of the expected carpoolers participated and less than 0.2% of the vehicle emission reduction were achieved. In fact, the RTC had over-estimated the emission reduction in their original grant application by over 600 times. The actual cost-per-ton of emissions reduced is a staggering $1.97M per ton, or 187x more expensive than the estimate provided in the grant application. The Air District does not even consider projects that cost more that $40K per ton of emission reduction meaning this project costs 49x more than the allowable maximum. According to this restriction, this SCCRTC project should never have been funded.

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  • John D.

    Unfortunately, this case is not an uncommon one. It would be easier to overlook the over-negotiated employment & retirement terms of public officials if they showed an interest in effective policy, as demonstrated by honest policy evaluation. Evidence is ignored of an effective policy here, and deference is given to other entities (with personal connections) who fail. This happens at city, county, state and federal levels, and gives reasonable cause to parties who want to starve the beast that is government.

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