Welcome to Seattle VP Candidate Lloyd Bensten!
Hyping his program to bring Seattle into compliance with the Kyoto Protocols, Mayor Nickels will be unveiling a “Green Ribbon” study today at City Hall with the help of former U.S. VP, Al Gore.
It’s pretty cool what Nickels is doing (although, a little annoying, given that the study says we need to reduce auto usage and, um, build rapid transit… thanks, Mayor Gridlock…or do you prefer Mayor downtown super freeway option).
But bitterness aside, Nickels’s national initiative is cool…and pretty Urban Archipelago of him too: Organizing U.S. cities (over 200 already) to lower their production of green house gasses to Kyoto levels. It’s a pointed F U to President Bush.
In the battle of local egos, I guess County Exec Ron Sims has taken it as a pointed F U as well. Yesterday, apparently feeling upstaged by Nickels, Sims announced his own (vague) plan to lower harmful emissions.
Additionally, as a follow-up to Nickels’s morning presentation with Gore today, Sims will be having a brown bag lunch presentation over at the County Court House this afternoon to roll out his own study, hosted by former VP candidate Lloyd Bentsen.
At least that’s what Nickels’s people tell me. Go get ‘em, Team Sims.