Research on Broadway's Sustainable (Green) Building Design Legislation (And Opinion)
Broadway's Voting Record #3
I would suggest reading the article, "Senator Broadway and Obama's Zero Energy Dream Home"at this link before reading this article. http://www.wpaag.org/Broadway's%20zero%20energy%20home.htm
Senator Broadway, the Democrat running for Arkansas Lt. Governor in 2010, sponsored and co-sponsored several bills in 2009 that would be very pleasing to the United Nations, President Obama, Al Gore, President Clinton and Gorbachev - but not so pleasing to Arkansans. See list of bills by Broadway and short description toward the end of this email with links to the bills. I included part of the research items in the beginning and then my concenrs and then picked back up with the research - hopefully to keep readers from getting bogged down in the research. And if you have trouble believing any of it, please check the documentation in the footnotes.)
Broadway sponsored Senate Bill 921 (Act 1372) in 2009, "To Create the Sustainable Building Design Program For State Agencies." Unless one understands the meaning of those words, the bill looks innocent enough except for the fact that the bill creates another government program that will require no one knows how many more government employees and more bureaucracy - and basically cuts out legislative oversight of the program. The "success" of other government programs should have been enough to defeat the bill; but unfortunately it passed, along with Broadway's other similar bills. 1
The key word to understanding the bills Broadway sponsored is "sustainable." Below are some facts that explain its meaning and connection to international standards and to the United Nations. ("Arkansas" is highlighted in red font so you can tie in Arkansas with the national and international movement on this issue.) Below this list is a list of my concerns.
Sustainable building is also known as green construction or green building to address so called "global warming," or "climate change" according to "US Environmental Protection Agency Basic Information") 2.
"Sustainable development is government management of all development to achieve environmental protection, economic and social equity. Neither free markets nor private property rights can exist in a sustainable society managed by government. " 3
"Global Green is the US affiliate of Green Cross International that Mikhail Gorbachev successfully launched to deal with Sustainable Development in 1993. Global Green's stated mission: "Global Green is working (ellipsis) fighting global climate change by creating green buildings and cities." 4 This organization evolved from Gorbachev's speech at the Global Forum on Environment and Development for Survival held in Moscow, in 1993. 5
"Sustainable development is the reorganization of society around a body of principles and recommendations set forth in a document called Agenda 21 endorsed by 179 nations in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. Our Vice President has said, 'We must make the rescue of the environment the central organizing principle for civilization.'" 6 It is interesting to note that only 22% of Americans consider the United Nations to be a reliable source of information on global warming. 7.
§ "The Arkansas Energy Code shall mean the most recent edition of the International Energy Conservation Code." Taken from "Arkansas Building Authority Sustainable Building Design Program Procedures June 1, 2010," This building authority is the organization that is implementing the sustainable building design that is mandated in Broadway's bill. 8
Obama's stimulus bill is being used to finance the Sustainable Building Design in Arkansas and the nation. In his inaugural address, "President Obama has announced a strong commitment to overhauling the nation’s energy use habits by having all sorts of green retrofits performed on federal buildings and residences. 9 According to a newspaper article, "When the goals [protecting the environment and promoting economic development] cannot be reconciled, [Arkansas Governor] Beebe said, the environment is his top priority." 10
The Arkansas Energy Office mentioned 22 times in HB1663 that Broadway co-sponsored on using "sustainable, energy-efficient methods" says, "The Green Technology Grant Program supports the improvement and continued growth of ‘green’ technology companies in Arkansas. The funds are provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act [stimulus bill] and administered by the Arkansas Energy Office." 11
I believe global warming is an unproven science. It is interesting to note that fifty-nine percent (59%) of Americans say it’s at least somewhat likely that some scientists have falsified research data to support their own theories and beliefs about global warming. Thirty-five percent (35%) say it’s Very Likely.
I reject the premise that climate change is a problem that requires massive government intervention to solve. Even if I thought global warming was a real problem that man could solve, I would have no confidence in the government to solve it since they have spent so much money and had so many failures in trying to solve other problems. I believe the green building design (sustainable building design) is, like the health care bill, a very costly designed program to take freedom away from citizens and give more power to the government.” Most of us just don't understand construction enough to prove all the problems as we do with the health care bill.
And if global warming is a real threat – a theory that the majority of people reject – why would anyone think the government would be able to fix it after all their other failures with health care, education, banking business, and housing market, etc.? The government did not invent the light bulb, the telephone, and all the other modern inventions that one by one met the needs of society. Private enterprise, capitalism, and individual ingenuity did that. If alternative energy is necessary, the market could meet those needs much more effectively and cheaper than the government ever could.
Alternative energy and materials are just not developed enough for the government to move to such stringent energy standards. For just one example, an average-sized house in California a solar system carries a price tag of about $30,000 and often contains problematic chemicals. See this link: http://blog.getliberty.org/default.asp?Category=7 And just this week papers reported that, " The newest fire station in Fayetteville, touted as the "greenest" ever built in the city when it was opened in 2008, has been shut down while officials decide what to do about an infestation of mold."
I also know college teachers, working in retrofitted green buildings, that have complained of chronic illness (mostly allergies) since the buildings were renovated.
Green building proponents talk about how the energy saved through the life of the green buildings will repay the initial increased cost of the building. I believe that about like I believe the Health Care bill will save us money. Several years ago, I witnessed the building of a very modern newly designed building, the Jonesboro high school, and I also witnessed how they had to replace the ineffective heating and air conditioning unit and practically rebuild the structure through the years.
Fayetteville High School is preparing to build a "green" high school that costs $110 million (more than the Muslim Mosque planned for New York City and more than double other recently built high schools in the Northwest). Included in that cost is "LEED certification" and "new State building standards. I wonder how much those have added to the cost of the building. In 2005 Broadway co-sponsored a bill that recommended the LEED certification. http://www.fayar.net/community/fhsfaq.html#rogerssdale1
"Buildings in the United States, in their production and use, consume an estimated 40-65% of our national energy total." If the liberals can prescribe the requirements for buildings, they have put in about 50% of their global warming (climate change) agenda. The Cap and Trade bill that also deals with global warming failed to get through the Senate because it was considered to be so expensive that it would be damaging to our economy. Even Congressman Mike Ross and Senator Lincoln opposed the Cap and Trade bill, saying it would hurt Arkansas. So how can a program to reduce energy in the structure and use of our building not be so costly as to hurt our economy? http://www.greenbuildingpages.com/sustainability/intro.html
Broadway's SB921 is only two pages and says the Sustainable Building Design program will be administered by the Arkansas Building Design Authority. The bill is almost like a shell bill (purposely that way, I believe) so he could make it look like it was an innocent piece of legislation and can be filled in with anything the administration would so desire. SB921by Broadway does make it clear that the state will be controlling ALL state agency buildings by requiring them to use the "sustainable" building design. Five years ago HB 2445 (Act 1770) was passed just "encouraging" them to do so, also co-sponsored by Broadway. What will come next? (ftp://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/acts/2005/public/Act1770.pdf - 2005 bill)
In a companion bill to Broadway's, Representative Kathy Webb gives the Arkansas Energy Office authority to "Promulgate rules and regulations for the purpose of (B) Requiring a city or county that issues building permits for new building construction to adopt the 2004 Arkansas Energy Code for New Building Construction, as it existed on January 1, 2009. Go to this link to read all about that. http://arkansasedc.com/Business_Development/energy/files/pdf/Energy_Code.pdf
I wonder how anyone will be able to afford a house that meets the environmental nuts' standards.
Broadway's Connection With Leftist Agenda
So why would Senator Broadway want to push through an expensive anti-global warming initiative during such an economic time as this? Most Americans overwhelmingly believe legislators should focus on the economy instead? Seventy-one percent (71%) say the bigger priority for U.S. national leaders is stimulating the economy to create jobs. Only 15% say they should focus instead on stopping global warming to save the environment.
(Americans Skeptical of Science Behind Global Warming http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/curr
And why did Senator Broadway team up with Kathy Webb, the legislator having the most liberal voting record in the entire legislature and the first openly self avowed lesbian in the Arkansas legislature, to pass several bills on "sustainable" building design??? (Webb is most liberal legislator confirmed by a liberal organization in Arkansas - Webb received a 95.6% while the lowest scores given were a 33.8.) page 42 & 43 Citizens First Congress http://citizensfirst.org/resources/2009%20Vote%20Guide.pdf
I believe Broadway did so because he is a true liberal Democrat who is working with Obama and other leftists in Washington. (Note the bullet point below how Broadway's bill ties in so well with President Clinton's. His bills will buy him political capital with the powerful Democrats. Broadway has in the past and is now using all the same tactics the leftist liberals use – deceiving the public until the policies he wants is so entrenched there is no turning back.
In my research, I found that only a few northern and eastern states have passed government controlled legislation similar to Broadway's and none of our surrounding southern states have done so. Arkansas has been on the cutting edge of these liberal programs for years now – perhaps because we have more Democrats in this state than in all the surrounding states, and the Washington Democrats push our Democrats to implement their agenda. When Broadway sponsored the bill (SB7) in 2004 that provided the $10 million dollar study to determine the amount of money needed to provide adequate school facilities (with a resulting figure of $2.3 to $4.5 billion), only ten other states had acquired such control over the schools.
After all, the media always protects the liberals. How many articles have you seen the last few years on sustainable building design or green buildings or on this particular legislation?
More research points:
Broadway's SB921 sets up a revolving loan fund. The following quote shows Obama's stimulus money will be used for some of those loans. "Applicants for projects to be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 [stimulus bill] monies shall submit applications no later than December 12, 2011." Taken from ("Arkansas Building Authority Sustainable Building Design Program Procedures June 1, 2010"– the organization designated to implement Broadway's bill. 12
Sustainable development is most often regulated by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) that coerces builders through the carrot and stick approach (like using the stimulus bill) to adopt LEED certification requirements – a standard measurement for green building. 13
An earlier bill that Broadway co-sponsored in 2005 (HB2445 – Act 1770) designated "Green Globes" certification and LEED (Leadership n Energy and Environmental Design) certification to be used as standards for Arkansas buildings. This bill in 2005 was just encouraging the use of Sustained Building Design and not mandating it. 14
Arkansas Governor Beebe established a Global Warming Commission in 2007 and made Kathy Webb Co-Chair (Webb is the most liberal legislator in Arkansas). Kathy Webb was also co-chair of the Arkansas Legislative Task Force On Sustainable Building Design and Practices as well as Co-Chair of the Global Warming Commission. 15 The two groups obviously worked very closely together and formed the basis for Broadway's Sustained Building Design legislation in 2009. The March, 2008 minutes of this Task Force consisted of Webb's presentation on the ten priorities of the Global Warming Commission. Under the first priority this point is listed: "Promotion and Incentives for Improved Design and Construction, e.g. LEED, green buildings." 16
Following is a recommendation in the July 2008 minutes of this Arkansas Task Force On Sustainable Building Design: Implement enforceable minimum standards for green building initiatives such as Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) or other equivalents at the state level. Broadway's bill one year later implemented the Sustainable Building Design for state buildings but used Sustained Building Design in his bill rather than green building. (More people would be fooled by that title than by green building design) Kathy Webb's sponsored a bill that passed companion bill HB 1663 bill 17.
"Within five (5) years after the effective date of this act, the Arkansas Energy Office shall have completed an energy audit of every public agency." (Wonder how much that will cost and if there will be as many boondoggles as there was when they completed an audit of every school building in Arkansas.) 18 ftp://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/acts/2009/public/Act1494.pdf
§ The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) [Stimulus bill] of 2009 provided Department of Energy funding through the Arkansas Energy Office to the William J. Clinton Foundation Climate Initiative in Arkansas for the establishment of the State’s first employer-assisted energy benefit program. (Arkansas Energy Office of Economic Development Bulletin. 19
2007 "Former President Clinton told mayors Thursday that fighting global warming was a chance to create good jobs and give an economic boost to the middle class, to save cities and residents money with improved energy-efficiency. He urged the mayors, business leaders and community members in attendance at Benaroya Hall to view climate change as an opportunity. "It is a godsend," he said. "It is not castor oil that we have to drink. 20 http://www.seattlepi.com/local/337769_climate02.html
(In the March, 2008 minutes of the Arkansas Legislative Task Force Sustainable Building Design, a non legislative member, Mr. Robertson, "noted that emphasis should be placed on the economic aspect, specifically job creation by the need for "green collar" jobs." In the July 2008 minutes of this task force, Mr. Robertson noted: US. Green Building Council-AR (USGBC) is hosting a 3-day event with focus on (ellipsis) sustainability, lower economic and cultural diversity sustainability, and green collar jobs within the green building agenda." [Using deceit to fool the people and jobs to be paid for by taxpayers of course for higher priced buildings.]) 21
2009 "` Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) brings together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 100 current and former heads of state, 10 of the last 16 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 1,400 commitments valued at $46 billion. [All of this is being done outside of legislation, without representation of the people.] 22 (http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/newsmedia/newsmedia_pressreleases_092509b.asp?Section=NewsMedia
Bills relating to Sustainable Building Design (global warming energy bills) that to my knowledge Broadway sponsored or co-sponsored – all but one of them were sponsored and passed in 2009:
SB921 (Act 1372) 2009. To Create The Sustainable Building Design Program For State Agencies and established the Sustainable Building Design Program Revolving Loan Fund for state agencies. Senator Broadway is the only Senator Sponsor of this bill and Kathy Webb the only House sponsor. ftp://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/acts/2009/public/Act1372.pdf
HB1663 (Act 1494) 2009. Mandates standards for the Sustainable Energy-Efficient Building Programs in buildings owned by public agencies and buildings owned by institutions of higher education. "Within five (5) years after the effective date of this act, the Arkansas Energy Office shall have completed an energy audit of every public agency." (Wonder how much that will cost and if there will be as many boondoggles as there was when they completed an audit of every school building in Arkansas.) ftp://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/acts/2009/public/Act1494.pdf
SB747 (Act 1363) 2009. The Sustainable Building Design Program General Improvement Appropriation. $20 million was set aside for the Sustainable Building Design Revolving Loan Fund. Senator Broadway only Senator sponsor on this one and Kathy Webb the House sponsor. ftp://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/acts/2009/public/Act1363.pdf
SB746 (Act 754) 2009. Sustainable Building Design Program Appropriation for the 2009-2010 Fiscal Year. Broadway is sponsor on this one and Webb the Co-sponsor. Authorizes a salary for Energy Conservation Manager in the amount of $63,311 for the Sustainable Building Design Program and $15 million was set aside for ""Loans for the sustainable building design program for agencies, boards, or commissions for construction, renovation, maintenance and operating expenses ending June 30, 2010." ftp://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/acts/2009/public/Act754.pdf
Footnotes on Bullet Points: Link to picture of the net zero energy house: http://www.wapa.gov/es/pubs/esb/2005/oct/oct052.htm
1. Link to Senate Bill 921 by Broadway ftp://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/acts/2009/public/Act1372.pdf
2. "US Environmental Protection Agency Basic Information" (http://www.epa.gov/greenbuilding/pubs/about.htm
3. "Why freedom won’t die in the 21st Century " (http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/7320
4 ."About Global Green USA" http://www.globalgreen.org/about/
5. "Green Cross History" http://www.gci.ch/en/who-we-are/history
What is A City of The Future? http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/009944.html
6. "Why freedom won’t die in the 21st Century ")
7. Americans Skeptical of Science Behind Global Warming
8. "Arkansas Building Authority Sustainable Building Design Program Procedures June 1, 2010," http://www.arkansasbuildingauthority.com/Docs/sustainanble_rules_04_15_10.pdf
9. President Obama Affirms Commitment to Green Energy Revolution in Inaugural Address http://www.goodway.com/hvac-blog/?p=537 and Green Building http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/html/in_business/green_building.shtml
10. (Arkansas News Bureau, "Global Warming Commission holds first meeting, Oct 3, 2007 by John Lyon) Link is no longer available.
11 Arkansas ."Green Technology Grant Program" http://arkansasenergy.org/green-technology-grant-program.aspx
12. Arkansas Building Authority Sustainable Building Design Program Procedures June 1, 2010" http://www.arkansasbuildingauthority.com/Docs/sustainanble_rules_04_15_10.pdf)
13. Green Building – Standards and Guidelines http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/html/in_business/green_building.shtml
14 Text of HB 2445 (Act 1770) ftp://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/acts/2005/public/Act1770.pdf
15. Arkansas News Bureau, "Global Warming Commission holds first meeting," Oct 3, 2007 by John Lyon. Link is no longer available.
16. March 17, 2088 Minutes of Legislative Task Force on Sustainable Building Design and Practices http://staging.arkleg.state.ar.us/data/SustainDesignBuildingPractice/2008/3-17-08/Minutes%203-17-08.pdf
17. July 28, 2008 Minutes of Legislative Task Force on Sustainable Building Design and Practices http://staging.arkleg.state.ar.us/data/SustainDesignBuildingPractice/2008/7-28-08/Minutes.pdf
18. Act 1494 of 2009 Co-sponsored by Senator Broadway
ftp://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/acts/2009/public/Act1494.pdf - Act1494
19. Home Energy Assistance Loan (HEAL) Program
20. Clinton sees global warming fight as a way to create jobs, opportunity
21. March 17, 2088 Minutes of Legislative Task Force on Sustainable Building Design and Practices http://staging.arkleg.state.ar.us/data/SustainDesignBuildingPractice/2008/3-17-08/Minutes%203-17-08.pdf
Also see these two links for further information on Broadway Voting Record: "Obama and Broadways Net Zero Energy Dream House" http://www.wpaag.org/Broadway's%20zero%20energy%20home.htm and "Thirty-One Reasons To Defeat Broadway" http://www.wpaag.org/Broadway%20-%2031%20reasons%20to%20defeat.htm
Posted August 16, 2010