Arlington County Takes on Global Warming

Arlington is sort of the Massachusetts of Virginia. I think we voted 80% for Kerry in the last election. In that vein, last week the Arlington County Board voted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with the implementation of AIRE: Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions. This initiative orders the county to increase the percentage of energy the county buys from renewable sources, improve energy efficiency for public buildings, and give property tax breaks to residents who buy hybrid cars. I think its a step in the right direction. The Federal government has steadfastly refused to even consider the implications of climate change, so various States and local governments have had to step in to attempt to do something.

Of course, it would be nice if Arlington County had committed to lowering emissions by more than just 10% over the next 5 years. Also, it would probably have more of an impact if the city actually had some industry or other large emissions sources, as opposed to being mostly suburbs. But, it’s better than a lot of other counties in the DC area are doing. I’m sure Al Gore would be proud.

They also have a Climate Change Website that’s got helpful tips for those of you who want to reduce your personal carbon footprint.

2 Comments so far

  1. Sweet (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    Do you have the link for that climate change website?

  2. Chris Peloso (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 6:06 pm


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