Going after your wallet in the name of climate change: Bloomberg awards grant to Seattle to study traffic congestion pricing

The city of Seattle – like many west coast, progressive run cities – has many, many problems (homelessness, needles left on the streets, open drug use, feces and urination on the streets, increased crime due to lack of enforcement, etc.).

Having not solved those issues with massive amounts of taxpayer dollars, Mayor Jenny Durkan is moving  on to solving climate change seeking another way to steal more taxpayer dollars.

MyNorthwest reports that the Michael Bloomberg’s American Cities Climate Challenge has awarded the city a $2.5 million grant to study ways to address climate change. One item the mayor wants to study is traffic congestion pricing.

The mayor said, “We’ve got a lot of work to do to see exactly how we would implement it, how we would put up the cameras to catch people, how you would charge, how much you charge, and what we do for equity,” Durkan said Friday. “Because there’s a number of people right now who have to travel into Seattle … because they can’t afford to live here anymore. It’s tied to affordability.”

Of course the mayor has no idea when the traffic congestion pricing program would be implemented. Guess she’s got plenty of time to burn through a $2.5 million grant.

The end goal, of course, is twofold: Get more of your money and force you to change your behaviors. From the report: “The pricing would establish tolls to drive on select Seattle streets, perhaps with differing charges depending on the time. The aim is to discourage people from driving cars around town as the population grows.

The mayor also said, “If you look across the globe, those cities that have implemented congestion pricing have had the greatest success on getting people out of vehicles and reducing vehicles in the city,” she said. “It’s had another huge, very important benefit. That’s a health benefit. The number of asthma cases in children have dropped precipitously in those areas where they’ve actually had congestion pricing.”

Read the whole MyNorthwest story here.

Seattle hasn’t had a republican mayor since 1952. And they knew EXACTLY what they were getting when they elected demorat Jenny Durkan in 2017.

Sorry Seattleites…I’m fresh out of empathy for y’all.

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Traffic congestion is directly related to immigration, as is loss of wildlife habitat, environmental degradation, increased pollution, and most importantly, increased Globull Warming causing Green House Gases. Which lunatic liberal Warmists have passed state, regional, federal laws to reduce, yet compliance is next to impossible to meet by allowing in millions & millions of wildlife habitat destroying, green house gas spewing polluting immigrant invaders in to destroy our environment!
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
https://www.rggi.org/

Lana
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You are correct. 20 years ago it was a breeze to get into San Francisco outside of commute hours. Now it is like commute traffic all day long, and it is making life a hell. On top of that the arseholes like Jerry Brown are about to permanently implement water rationing all while giving illegals and the rest of the third world welfare benefits to suck up more of the resources. A pox on them!

Lophatt
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Lophatt

But you should be proud. Soon you’ll have your very own “climate satellite”. Forget congestion and poop in the street. Soon you’ll be able to visit Jerry’s homeland on Uranus.

https://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/John-Kerry-blasts-Trump-s-withdrawal-from-Paris-13230095.php

Lana
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Lana

Yes I hear about that. What a maroon! There are already studies that show at least half of California’s pollution is coming from China! But then again I guess placing your very own” climate satellite” is needed when you are a grandstanding liberal globalist ass. I don’t know how much longer I can hold out living in what is fast turning into America’s first communist state. It is like living in a sea of madness. Our neighbors actually made a pilgrimage to Cuba a while ago. I was wondering what they were hoping to see besides 1950’s American cars, and… Read more »

Hawkmoon
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Hawkmoon

There’s another angle since you mentioned “China”. The Democrat Clinton/Gore’s “WTO” creation, besides destroying our economy, allowed US corporation to evade all the nice stringent & expensive Environmental (and Labor, Quality control) laws liberal/communists installed in the US, and allowed them to relocate to China, and pollute with impunity there! Not very Environmental of the Democrats & Clinton Green Fraud Gore. That was another point I would/do point out to those lunatic Warmists/fake environmentalists etc Green is Red!

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Of course. That’s how it works. They do the same thing with surveillance. They pass a law here that says it can’t be used against U.S. citizens. Then the UK passes another law that says it can’t be used against British subjects. Then they swap information. Net effect: The get the goods on everybody.

Lana
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Lana

Yes of course you are correct about Clinton Gore handing everything to the Chinese with no environmental restrictions. But when was the last time you talked to a liberal that actually wanted to learn anything? You could talk until blue in the face and nothing would make it past the iron gates of their minds. I gave up trying to educate anyone about anything a while ago. Those that want to know, search or ask. Those that don’t want to know will choose to ignore hard facts staring them in the face.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

There IS a strong resemblance. Somehow I don’t think he’s smart enough. There’s a theory making the rounds (actually expressed by a couple of California lege’s), that California may be intentionally trying to annoy the rest of the country so that they will be booted from the union. That’s pretty unlikely, and not necessary. My “theory” is that, given all the programs and mismanagement, left alone the state will be totally bankrupt in no time. If we just cut off the federal aid the problem will sort itself out. I guess every “movement” has its HQ, and apparently it’s been… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

And remember, when confronted by a racist:

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Lana
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Lana

It’s happening everywhere here is California- Agenda 21 mandates. There are toll roads now on highways. Cameras have been EVERYWHERE for at least 20 years, and more recently they are putting in ” green” bike lanes which few use but take room away from car traffic lanes therefore making congestion worse. The toll lanes on the freeways do the same- make congestion worse. They are also putting up the stack em and packem housing units next to the BART tracks and in downtown areas of most cities- even small cities where there are tons of small apartments stacked over retail… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

We have it here too. They are in the process of putting three (count ’em three) traffic circles on a major state highway here as we speak. Why, well they get UN funds for that. Oh, and did I mention that our mayor just happened to own some property where they are expanding a road right through to one of the circles? Isn’t synchronicity amazing?

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Traffic circles are some of the most inefficient and space-wasting highway intersections possible. What was their hare-brained idea in general (corruption aside) about that?

Anonymous
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Turning America into Brazil (or maybe just Venezuela) for “social justice” or something…

Steven Broiles
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Michael R. Bloomberg is a dangerous individual for a number of reasons. As a member of The Committee of 300, he is a rich and powerful Anglophile who believes he knows better—and wants to shove his vision down everyone’s throat but his. As Mayor of the City of New York, I do not know if Bloomberg broke any laws or committed any violations of ethics per se, but he used the Office to personally enrich himself, at least indirectly: When inaugurated, he was worth $3 billion; Upon leaving office, he was worth at least $25 billion. I would like to… Read more »

Lana
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“…..he is a rich and powerful Anglophile”

Websters dictionary definition: An Anglophile is a person who admires England, its people, and its culture.

Hardly. Did you mean to use another term here Steven? As a pusher of mass immigration legal and illegal he is no lover of any gentile person let alone an Englishman. He is a Jew who supports the Jewish World Order. The City of London is no more English that China is.
To my knowledge the committee of 300’s members are not publicly known. Where did you get that info?

Lophatt
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Lophatt

How about Zionist?

Steven Broiles
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Bloomberg is a member of The Committee of 300, a semi-secret society that one must profess allegiance to British ideals of eugenics and governance. Yes, Mr. Bloomberg may favor the New World Order (he does!), but he has shown, from time to time, a peculiar fealty for ideals British, to wit, whatever England does must be replicated over here. In that respect, I think it’s fair to call him an Anglophile—which I do not mean as a compliment!

Dave
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Commie-libs won’t rest until they have taxed everything that moves.

-Or doesn’t move.

DonaldD
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Yeah, those people want your money and they don’t care about climate at all. Those stupid scientists should better use personal statement help https://ukessay.com/personal-statement-help in their research. Too much nonsense on this theme.

jeny
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jeny

This is really good for everyone