Saturday, May 14, 2005

132 U.S. Mayors Embrace Kyoto Rules, G.E. Heads the Call, Bush Administration Back-Peddling

The Bush administration may have rejected the Kyoto Protocol, but 132 bi-partisan Mayors across the country have decided to move forward with the fight to stave off global warming on the local level.

SEATTLE, May 13 - Unsettled by a series of dry winters in this normally wet city, Mayor Greg Nickels has begun a nationwide effort to do something the Bush administration will not: carry out the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.

Mr. Nickels, a Democrat, says 131 other likeminded mayors have joined a bipartisan coalition to fight global warming on the local level, in an implicit rejection of the administration's policy.

The mayors, from cities as liberal as Los Angeles and as conservative as Hurst, Tex., represent nearly 29 million citizens in 35 states, according to Mayor Nickels's office. They are pledging to have their cities meet what would have been a binding requirement for the nation had the Bush administration not rejected the Kyoto Protocol: a reduction in heat-trapping gas emissions to levels 7 percent below those of 1990, by 2012.

Yesterday, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg brought New York City into the coalition as well when he “signed five important new laws to reduce air pollution in the city, including a measure to sharply reduce smoky diesel exhaust from school buses, tour buses and sanitation trucks.”

In related news, not all big U.S. corporations are following Bush’s lead on rejecting the Kyoto Protocol either.



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