We hear the term “sustainability” a lot these
days. And most of what that term covers
is anything but sustainable. Case in Point, a $120 million building that
Portland’s Mayor, the ethically crippled Sam Adams, has been pushing for
Of course, that pushing has been
paid for by more than a million of your tax dollars. And Sam’s Sustainability Center needed tens
of millions of dollars in public subsidies.
Thankfully, the brain trust at the Oregon Legislature refused to fund
Estimates said that the
building…even with subsidies, would cost so much that to rent an office space
would have cost you 40 percent more than renting in a privately owned class A building. Energy restrictions were so tough that
vendors wouldn't be allowed to cook food for tenants…so no star bucks. Temperatures would have been allowed to soar
to 75 degrees in the summer…and go down to 68 degrees in the wintertime. All of this to “show the world” that
sustainability makes sense.
And this is
why taxpayers should watch carefully for these Solyndra like boondoggles. If it doesn't work without subsidies…it shouldn't happen at all.