Recently the Grand Rapids City Commission passed an idiotic resolution demanding that Bush administration do something about global warming. On that flimsy pretext, Mayor Heartwell hopped a big ol' jetliner out west (purportedly at his own expense) to pound his shoe on a desk at the U.S. Conference of Mayor's "Sundance Summit" in Salt Lake City. The conference has been organized to address the utterly unfounded claim that the energy consumption of cities is a "major contributor" to global warming. Maybe the mayors will send a resolution to the sun?
[Aside: Not even the vaunted politically-correct scientific authority on global warming, the United Nations' International Panel on Climate Change, has found that human activity is a major cause of global warming, let alone whether it is actually occurring as a sustainable trend and, even it were, is that a bad thing? After all, it was warmer in the Middle Ages than today, and we're still here to talk about it.]
Of course, dear readers, you may have sussed that Heartwell's attendence at this gassy gabfest during the City's big budget battle amid its worst fiscal crisis is akin to a tinpot dictator getting the natives agitated over foreign enemies to divert attention from the miserable conditions at home. Last month, Heartwell skipped off to Poland to celebrate sister-citiliness over there. No doubt he'll be off again somewhere else next month. Meanwhile the City flounders.