San Antonio’s proposed climate action plan appears to be garnering even more opposition. On San Antonio Express-News “Puro Politics” podcast, hosted by Gilbert Garcia, the Express-News’ Business Editor Greg Jefferson had a strong description of the plan:
“It just looks like the heavy hand of regulation without much thought to the cost of it.”
Jefferson also described the negative reaction the plan has received from San Antonio’s business community:
GILBERT GARCIA: “What’s the business community feeling about this right now?”
GREG JEFFERSON: “Wary is to weak a word. Yeah, I feel like they were left out of the process. Whether they truly were is debatable, but yeah, I feel like – a lot of the cost of this plan is going to cost – you know, it’s going to fall on their lap. They feel like they weren’t seriously at the table and their thoughts weren’t taken into consideration.”
Similar climate plans in other cities have led to spiked electric costs for residents. Former liberal New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently awarded San Antonio for their efforts to create such a plan, touting that San Antonio would be awarded $2.5 million towards their plan, but it was later revealed that there would not actually be any grant money with the award, leaving residents of San Antonio to pay for an extreme, “difficult” to implement environmental plan.