Federal Charters Bad for Parents

Published September 10, 2008

Dear Editor:

Mayor Daley wants Chicago to be one of the “greenest” cities in the nation. Unfortunately, his words and his actions don’t always coincide, and his plans usually end up costing more and producing less. (“Chicago Outlines Plan to Slash Greenhouse Gases,” September 18)

Daley’s latest plan is based on an alleged rise in Chicago’s temperature over the past 28 years. The weather readings taken for this measurement undoubtedly used the notoriously inaccurate weather station at O’Hare, one of the world’s busiest airports. Appropriately placed global satellites have shown the Earth has actually been cooling for the past 10 years.

The mayor intends to install solar energy panels at city facilities and construct alternative fueling stations, among other costly endeavors. In a city already $400 million in the red, certainly these plans would force the city government to raise taxes even more.

The mayor says he wants to “create open spaces” as a part of his plan. If he were sincere about that goal, perhaps he would create an open space on the tract of land where he intends to place a children’s museum. You know, the tract of land that is already green.

Robert Holland ([email protected]) is Senior Fellow for Education Policy at The Heartland Institute.