I received a notice from the California Water Plan eNews that the California Ocean Protection Council has prepared a Strategic Action Plan for ocean and coastal protection for public review. Plan here. The draft plan was developed to provide a vision and direction for advancing ecosystem management and ocean protection over the next five years.
The OPC was created on September 23, 2004 when Governor Schwarzenegger signed the California Ocean Protection Act. This act created the California Ocean Protection Council. The OPC is currently staffed by 5.5 full-time staff persons, a California Sea Grant fellow, and an Executive Director and is funded by taxpayer bonds.
The California Ocean Protection Act established the California Ocean Protection Trust Fund in the State Treasury, to be used for projects and activities authorized by the OPC. The largest source of funds to date has been from bonds, and the OPC has approximately $14.6M of Proposition 84 - 2006 Safe Drinking Water Bond Act funds remaining as of December 2011. Potential additional sources of funding include new bond initiatives, mitigation funds, or other grant or private funds. Can we say from to AB-32 Cap and Trade slush fund?
According to the Strategic Action Plan one of the focus areas for the California Ocean Protection Council is climate change and the need for mitigation.
There is scientific consensus that climate change is already causing adverse impacts to the California coast and ocean and poses a severe threat for the future. Sea-level rise (SLR) will lead to increased flooding and erosion from severe storms and will profoundly alter California‘s coast and bays in coming years. Ocean acidification and warming ocean temperatures are projected to result in substantial changes to ocean conditions and processes, and may fundamentally alter ocean ecosystems. In turn, these ecosystem changes are expected to impact productivity of our coastal waters, which will directly affect California‘s fisheries. In recognition of the broad- reaching influence of climate change on ocean and coastal resources, most of the focal areas for the OPC Strategic Action Plan include some consideration of this issue.
First off there is no “scientific consensus that climate change is already causing adverse impacts to the California coast and ocean and poses a severe threat for the future.”
Second ocean acidification is a phony issue, CO2 is a life-giving gas in the oceans. David Middleton examines this issue at Watt Up With That. Claims have been made that oceanic pH levels have declined from ~8.2 to ~8.1 since the mid-1700′s. Wow, that is big decline in 250 years! What evidenced do we have the oceans have been acidifying over the last 250 years? Nearly none! More details here.
Third, the OPC has decided not to tackle the sea-level rise, deferring to another California agency wasting our tax money which I have discussed here and here.
So, what we have here is another California Commission spending our tax dollars to solve non-existing problems. It is no wonder that we are broke.
Exit Question: How may other California Commissions do we have that are trying to solve non-existing problems with your tax dollars?