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/

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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 »

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?

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

-Or doesn’t move.