A new report questions whether the 358 U.S. cities that pledged to meet Kyoto’s targets will be successful. That’s a fine question, but it’s perhaps easy to misconstrue as an implicit criticism that the promises were meaningless.
What the report should serve to highlight is this:
- Reducing emissions requires a real plan with real teeth. (Seattle — the pledge’s founding city — has a good start on this.)
- Cities are working against tough odds. Most cities have very little control over their major sources of emissions — they’re laced with state and federal roads, they don’t have (carbon) taxing authority, and they mostly don’t have control over utilities, just to name a very few obstacles. City climate pledges are great, but they really need to be supported at the state and federal level to work properly.
Story in the Seattle P-I.