News Another Republican for the Environment
posted by April 20 at 13:34 PMon
Why is it that while Democrats like Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire are convening task forces to discuss blueprints for possible future action on global warming, it’s Republicans who are actually doing something about it?
The latest action on climate comes from New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who plans to advocate more than 100 new proposals to slash air pollution, ease traffic congestion, create housing, and develop new mass transit. The proposals include charging drivers to enter the busiest parts of Manhattan, and creating zoning and tax incentives to encourage new home construction in the city. The Manhattan toll, similar to a $16 charge levied on drivers who enter downtown London, could go as high as $8; the money would be invested in new large-scale transportation projects. “Unless we considered the full range of challenges to our city’s physical environment, the progress we’d worked so long and so hard for might be at risk,” Bloomberg said at a speech last year. “And it became clear that to secure a stronger, cleaner, and healthier city for our children and grandchildren, we had to start acting now.”
Amen to that. Gregoire?