Mayor's Climate Pact
Yesterday, my mayor supposedly signed the U.S. Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement (Though there wasn't a peep of it in today's paper.... Might help to mention that I live in a gun-toting/hunting/red-neck, Republican state) If it actually happened, then he'd be the 280th in the nation to sign the agreement designed to reverse global warming.
This is the Mayor's big quote in the paper yesterday: "Even if non-human factors are involved, addressing human emission sources is most within our control and thus provides the best opportunity to address the problem." What is your reaction to this mamby-pamby quote?
Anyhow, my city's goals are:
1. Try to reduce greenhouse gases by 7 percent by 2012 from 1990 levels. (Don't set your sights too high now!)
2. Urge the state and FEDERAL governments to meet a similar goal. (Think this is as important as Terrorism? hmmm....tough question, let me talk to my advisors)
3. Advocate a federal emissions-trading program aimed at reducing greenhouse gases.
The scientists say this about my city, "Climate change has made the snow melt and run into rivers earlier, reduced hydroelectric generation, and increased the size and frequency of forest fires."
That's for sure. I've lived here most of my life, and I can tell you there has been an indisputably significant climate change. BIG time. I remember several "snow days" in the winter months where the school busses couldn't get through even if they really HAD to. Giant snow drifts as tall as me along the road side once the plow finally came through. Always carrying giant bags of rock salt in my trunk just in case I had to melt some snow & also to weigh it down in the back. We built an igloo in our backyard January 1974 because there was sooo much snow in our backyard -- the snow didn't melt right away -- it stayed for weeks or months. Winter was White. No more. Nope, even if it does snow, it melts before the day is over. I shudder to think what this world will be like for my young girls if this dramatic trend continues at this rate, or God forbid, at a faster rate.
Has your mayor signed?