Ready for anything: County sets up climate change council

2013-03-13T13:45:00Z Ready for anything: County sets up climate change councilBILL NOVAK |

Locusts aren't mentioned, but just about anything else that could cause calamity in Dane County is included in a new plan to make sure we're ready for weather extremes.

The Climate Change Action Council, the first of its kind in Wisconsin, was announced Wednesday by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.

The council will make recommendations for changes or additional resources the county or public safety agencies need to be better prepared with changing climate that has taxed the capacity to respond.

"We want to know areas where we are ready, areas where we may need to make some operational changes, and whether we have the right resources, should our communities and citizens be afflicted by the unfortunate new norm of severe weather," Parisi said in a prepared statement.

The council will draw people from just about every county agency, with climate change outreach specialist David Liebl from UW Extension facilitating the council's first meetings.

The work plan for the council will start in April, looking at building climate awareness. Then, it plans to do an assessment of the vulnerability of county operations, what can be done to improve climate resiliency and develop strategies.

"Whether it's flooding rains that damage homes and cover roads and bridges, or severe droughts and heat waves that result in millions of dollars in crop losses to our agricultural economy, I want to make sure that county government is ready with contingencies to respond and be helpful as these situations arise," Parisi said.

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  1. Cornelius Gotchberg
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    Cornelius Gotchberg - March 14, 2013 7:01 am
    The subject of Climate Change/Global Warming/Climate Crisis/Climate Catastrophe/Atmospheric Change (whatever the scary-reference-du-jour commands) can't be broached without mentioning Eco-Profit Al Gore.

    One of the unwatchable Current T.V's former @##ets, Keith Olbermann, recently settled his lawsuit for $5 million; 10 cents on the dollar. Since all hypocritical Lefties (though I repeat myself & conspicuous consumption be darned) claim to want to save the Planet, he ought not be too upset when he finds he's to be paid in Carbon Credits.

    The Gotch
  2. swarley
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    swarley - March 13, 2013 8:10 pm
    The sky is falling ...the sky is falling!!!...and we pay for our kids to go to the UW?
  3. nufsenuf
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    nufsenuf - March 13, 2013 7:15 pm
    Watch out GOD, Parisi really wants your job.
  4. Cornelius Gotchberg
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    Cornelius Gotchberg - March 13, 2013 6:48 pm
    @Tricolor Dog Patriot;

    It's O.K. to be a hand-wringing Lefty Chicken Little, really it is. Hand wringing Lefties fear the slowing of the growth of government. Hand wringing Lefties fear prudent fiscal policy. Hand wringing Lefties fear running out of bumper stickers for their Toyota Pious'. Hand wringing Lefties ARE TERRIFIED that maybe, just maybe, people can happily take care of themselves without Lefty's intervention.

    But are YOU prepared to be left without a chair when the music stops?

    The Gotch
  5. uwjeff
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    uwjeff - March 13, 2013 6:05 pm
    Seriously, why should even one tree give it's life for the waste of paper this council will generate to justify its existence??? I say - we fight this and save that tree and all it's brethren
  6. uwjeff
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    uwjeff - March 13, 2013 6:00 pm
    ...........death by senseless hyper-politically correct government bureaucracy and council there any crueler fate for us as a society?
  7. uwjeff
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    uwjeff - March 13, 2013 5:57 pm
    LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG !?!?!?!?
  8. Tricolor Dog Patriot
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    Tricolor Dog Patriot - March 13, 2013 5:50 pm
    All of you deniers are scared. It's okay to be scared, really it is. Soldiers are scared in battle. Police are scared on the job. Grothman is scared that someone will out his gay partner.
  9. Cornelius Gotchberg
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    Cornelius Gotchberg - March 13, 2013 5:26 pm
    Can't you deniers see why this is being done;it's proactive! We must protect what's most important; the BIKIE PATH/LANE/TRAIL/BOULEVARD/BRIDGE system (and the Cyclistocracy) from being warmed beyond usefulness!

    Actually, it won't be too long before @rrivoire weighs in with what he's swallowed whole from whatever collection of 'how to deal with a climate denier' web sites he's currently perusing.

    We'll hear about how the Polar Bear's remarkable recovery is due to the fact that they've restricted hunting. We won't hear why Fat Albert & the WWF are trying to make it seem that
    Ursus Maritimus will die off yesterday if you don't hit the 'donate now' button...a lot!

    He'll wax philosophically about the 'heat sink' (known as the 7 Seas to the rest of us) hiding the fact that global warming continues 'apace' regardless of other measureable and observable data indicate.

    He'll prattle on about 'peer-reviewed' studies (known as "thrown over the cubicle divider' reviewed) yet neglect to include that the Rock Stars (with the fawning assistance of REALCLIMATE and the flaccid media) have prevented dissenting opinion from seeing the light of day.

    But the real kicker will be his abject refusal to acknowledge the absolute tsunami (due to global warming enhanced weather) of scientific fraud, data manipulation, lousy research, etc. He'll neglect to admit all the taxpayer-funded federal agencies (NOAA, NSIDC, USHCN, NCDC, NASA/GISS, UNIPCC, have been caught REPEATEDLY and unilaterally adjusting past temperature records all in the same direction; DOWN. Why? to give the 'appearance' of more 'current' warming.

    This is known as policy-based evidence making when pure science should beget evidence-based policy making. Now, I realize that Alarmists see opposition as troublesome and requiring silencing. Why else would Fat Albert refuse to debate a topic he's so passionate about? Why else would the Rock Stars of Climate Science take great pains to prevent the release of their taxpayer-funded data sets and methodologies?

    If it's such a slam dunk, then why?

    And before you start your google searches, keep in mind that each search uses the same energy as it would to boil a kettle, contributing to global Warming!

    The Gotch
  10. 196ski
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    196ski - March 13, 2013 4:34 pm
    It is hoped that by late Spring the Climate Change Council will begin organizing life boat drills on a block by block basis. Education at that time will further be provided on the benefits of sleeping in a life jacket. The citizens of Madison cannot be over prepared for a sudden polar ice cap melt. Supported by ordinances yet to be passed the Council is anticipating in taking an active role in patrolling the city streets checking SPF numbers on citizens sunscreen. Modeled after the stop and frisk laws of New York, these patrols will be checking for citizen knowledge about sunscreen and proper sunscreen SPF layering (50 base coat, SPF 15 to accessorize) rather than confiscating illegal guns and narcotics as they do in the Big Apple.

    A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have. Thomas Jefferson
  11. deernut00
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    deernut00 - March 13, 2013 3:53 pm
    Dane county can't take care of its highways nor keep up with maintaining its present facilities and long-time obligations, yet it also can't curtail runaway expenditures on the frivolous the likes of "climate change". To Dane County, it is just one big party with fingers stuck in everything. And why not, its free money to them. Tax and spend, spend more and tax more. Where or where is the emergency brake??
  12. IAD
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    IAD - March 13, 2013 3:52 pm
    Not arguing that climate change is or isn't occuring but an "official" county level "council" on the topic is pretty humorous. Only in the County of Dane.......
  13. mememine69
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    mememine69 - March 13, 2013 3:07 pm
    Ug ug cave man see strange so the weather gods must be angry cave man must please angry weather gods with offers of sacrifice of modern day lifestyles ug ug......
  14. mememine69
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    mememine69 - March 13, 2013 3:05 pm
    Why I'm a former believer now:
    Science never did say it will be crisis, only might be. If maybe is good enough for you to fear monger..?
    27 years of “science” confirming comet hits are “eventual” and “imminent” and confirming that climate change is only “likely” and “possible” proves climate change “won’t” be a crisis. Deny that.
    Former climate change believers are better planet lovers. We don’t WANT this misery to be real for our children.
    Find us one single IPCC warning report that isn’t swimming “maybes”. Help my house could be on fire maybe?
  15. madconservative
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    madconservative - March 13, 2013 2:27 pm
    Now I'll sleep we'll at night! I thought Dane County had banned climate change/global warming /plague/ disease etc.
  16. PapaLorax
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    PapaLorax - March 13, 2013 2:09 pm
    very telling that they call this a 'climate change' committee and not a 'severe weather' committee.

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