I wonder if the state of Colorado will restrict the use of fossil fuels by state employees and elected officials? Meh, probably not. One has to wonder where the statutory authority for these proposed rules comes from
Colorado businesses in the state’s high-ozone areas that host more than 100 employees would have to limit the number of workers commuting alone in cars to 75% of their workforce starting in 2022 and 60% by 2024, according to greenhouse gas and ozone reduction rules drawn up by state air pollution control staff.
Those large employers would also have to appoint an official transportation coordinator and eliminate parking subsidies or start charging for currently-free parking under the detailed rule proposal, considered a key part of state emissions reduction goals. Staff of the Air Pollution Control Division are asking the appointed Air Quality Control Commission to set hearings and a vote on the new transportation rules by late summer.
Employees who use zero-emission vehicles, such as fully-electric cars, would be exempt under the draft rules, released Thursday night. The draft offers a number of potential employer strategies that could qualify as good-faith efforts to meet the rules, including solutions such as sponsoring shuttles to nearby transit stops, or “flexwork” policies allowing more freedom on when and how often employees need to be at the workplace.
Wow, that’s a lot to unpack. Let’s start with the end: why is this government office full of unelected bureaucrats thinking they can dictate the policies of companies in relation to how often employees need to be at work? That is not their business. Next up is this government office thinking they can dictate to companies that they have to have someone who dictates how employees get to work and start charging employees to park at work.
Then we get to them telling citizens that they cannot drive to work alone in their legally purchased property, and that big companies will have to enforce this limit. Where’s the authority for that? Under what Colorado law does the authority exist? What previously passed law, if any, makes them think they can tell companies and citizens to do this? And will it apply to government workers?
It’s not clear from the draft rules what enforcement mechanisms state government will have to push large companies to come under the caps. The rules have reporting and recordkeeping requirements, but also say employers that continue to miss the goals can file “alternative compliance plans.”
The workplaces will have to plan for their proposed commuting solutions by first conducting extensive surveys of how their employees currently get to and from work, according to the draft. The rules’ accompanying economic analysis says there are about 877,000 employees at about 2,800 employers of over 100 people in the 10-county area that has ozone problems. (big snip)
The staff analysis puts the annual cost per employer of meeting the goals in a broad range, from $7,200 to $811,643 each.
Again, this is the creeping Fascism/Authoritarianism of the Cult of Climastrology. This is all none of the business of the Government, at least in a free country. Will the people of Colorado revolt? They tend to vote Democrat, but, might this be a bridge too far for the citizens? Remember, most Warmists are cool with Other People being forced to Do Something, not themselves.
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