U.S. Cities Take Lead on Climate Change

The Post has a good story on local action to fight global warming:

Municipal efforts to curb greenhouse gases reflect growing public perception that White House has failed to adequately address global warming.

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Kudos to Seattle’s Mayor Greg Nickels whose frustration “over the Bush administration’s resistance to the Kyoto Protocol” led to his “U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement” signed by more than 500 mayors “representing 65 million Americans who have pledged to meet the Kyoto Protocol’s standard of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.”

The article has one dubious claim:

Officials are still attempting to assess the overall impact of the combined effort of local governments. But they say those measures — along with mild weather and other factors — significantly contributed to the 1.3 percent drop in U.S. fossil-fuel related emissions to 5.88 billion metric tons last year.

They probably contributed a little bit, but I doubt it was that significant — many other factors came into play, including high energy prices, as Climate Progress noted last month. Either way, we’ll probably know in a year, when we see if emissions return to their upward spiral.

Still a good story for the mainstream media.