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posted: 8/7/2013 5:00 AM

'Benchmarking' is more government overreach

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I was recently informed that Mayor Rahm Emanuel of the city of Chicago has introduced an ordinance called "Energy Benchmarking." This ordinance would require buildings with a minimum size of 50,000 square feet to track and report their energy usage, which means that any tenant of a building who does not supply the owner of the building with information concerning their electric usage will result in a fine being levied against the owner.

It seems the EPA under its ridiculous leadership, who believe in global warming, is at it again.

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This mayor thinks this will create jobs and improve the economy, which is simply political jargon. If the government really wanted to lower energy costs, it would allow drilling of oil, excavation of coal and natural gas. Further, it could reduce the taxes on such energy.

But no, it is bowing to the dictatorship of the national EPA. If anyone has ever studied astronomy, they know the earth has gone through numerous ice ages and warm periods. This occurred well before the introduction of the internal combustion engine.

Nevertheless, it is politically advantageous to these politicians, since they receive campaign funds from corporations that they give contracts to promote the "green world."

It is time that regular people rise up and stop this atrocious governmental action.

Steven R. Heuberger

Libertyville

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