San Francisco unveils plan to fight global warming

Saying that global warming “is a real and looming threat to our economy, our public health, and our environment” to which the Bush administration “is not paying attention,” San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (D) this week unveiled a plan to reduce the city’s greenhouse-gas emissions to 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. Much of the plan consists of voluntary measures and demonstration projects relating to recycling, converting city vehicles and buildings to green power, and enticing commuters out of their cars. In adopting the plan, San Francisco — which is set to be hit particularly hard by global warming, with rising sea levels and frequent heat waves — became one of about 150 U.S. cities and counties and some 600 local governments around the world to develop their own climate-change plans.