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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

3 responses to “Raimondo establishes a Chief Resiliency Officer to combat climate change effects”

  1. cailin rua

    Study done @ Yale . . . Magaziner/Raimondough(law school) alma mater . . . the paper with all obfuscations completely intact is available through the link to the pdf at this link to the abstract on the paper:

    http://cbey.yale.edu/case-study/the-rhode-island-infrastructure-bank’s-efficient-buildings-fund

    Of course, I could always be wrong but I doubt I am, concerning the set up of the Infrastructure Bank. “The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (DOT) is RIIB’s regulatory partner for the MRBRF(Munipal Road & Bridge Revolving Fund).” This arrangement, I believe is post truck toll legislation.

    The infrastructure Bank is classic P3(Public/Private Partnership) where the risks will be taken on by the public and where the profits will go to general obligation bond holders, until all the municipalities go bankrupt and all the assets are sold off sold off in a fire sale, with the former citizens those municipalities rendered “customers” of “stakeholders” in newly privatized entrepreneurial cities and towns who will still have to pay off all bond debt to the new owners of the privatized and enclosed commons .

    Think the sewer tie in program. The installation of the Resiliency Officer will represent the expansion of, essentially, unfunded mandates which currently exist in the sewer tie in program but it will be a statewide sewer tie-in system on steroids. Mandates will be delivered re: the older housing stock. “Low interest” loans or not, the bondholders will have to get their take. When a municipality goes bankrupt, the bondholders will still be guaranteed their payoff.

    Many homeowners will find the work that has to be done to meet new standards, which seem sure to be imposed, will involve two very serious problems – lack of income to pay off “low interest” loans. The other problem will be owning a building/buildings whose value(s) will be significantly decreased, and owners finding it very difficult to find buyers who will pay for the value of the house, and, in many cases, the cost of the mortgages on said building(s).

    I go by the American Tourister complex in Warren very often. How many sq ft? I go down Valley St. into Olneyville quite often. Most all of those buildings are newly restored now. The investors will want to be made “whole”. There is significant demand for housing but the older housing stock where the rents are much lower than on newly renovated stock represents competition. That’s where lead hazard inspectors, insurance underwriters who now refuse to insure buildings w/ knob and tube wiring, and this newly created Resiliency Officer come into play. They will essentially come in and effectively condemn a good portion of the competition presented by the presence of older housing stock.

    The economic implications are enormous, I believe. How much of the present population of Providence will be moved out into the ring suburbs in the next ten years? Is the concern over environmental disaster at the National Grid property a matter of concern for people living in the Prairie Ave neighborhood, or, is it more about concern for the tenants at the new Alpert Medical School, the people with offices at Davol Square and the newly renovated building Brown just bought, at the corner of Point, Allens and Eddy, which they pay no taxes on, that used to house Chestnuts hair salon and the camera shop that moved to University Heights, site of earlier urban removals?

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  2. leftyrite

    Here’s the situation as I see it.

    Gina is good.

    She’s smart.

    She’s decisive.

    So, where are the Social Democrats?

    Tra, la… Tra la

    How far do they want to get?

    They’d like to farm the oyster patch,

    but Gina’s getting wet.

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  3. salgal

    Absolutely a perfect Rhode Island distraction from the very current environmental threats: The proposed Clear River Energy Center (CREC), a natural gas and diesel burning power plant for the wilderness and wildlife refuge that is Burrillville and surrounding towns, and the LNG facility off Allens Ave proposed by National Grid.

    Clearly those two projects pose no threat if the Governor, just named a HUGE Climate Resiliency project, right? And she manages to get her BFF Peter Alviti, head of the DOT in the mix, who is also BFF’s with Michael Sabitoni, president of the Building Trades, who is BFFs with Governor Raimondo.

    Can you already catch a whiff of that bullshit permeating our compromised, local, environment? Political as well as natural.

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