By the time Congress gets around to trying to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the states will have already acted to eliminate 108 million metric tons of carbon dioxide a year and produce over 46,000 megawatts of renewable power by 2020.
As the Christian Science Monitor points out, states are taking the lead in cutting carbon emissions. Already states have eliminated an estimated 20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions through renewable energy portfolio standards (RPS).
On Earth Day, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
his plan to create the "first environmentally sustainable 21st-century city,"
and integrate an estimated population growth of 1 million people by 2030.
comprised of 127 proposals for environmental improvements in six areas: land,
water, air quality, transportation, energy, and climate change. The proposals
range from reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% to improving transit
connections to planting 1 million new trees.
When you hear the term "smart growth" what comes to mind?
Anti-sprawl? Open-space preservation? Often overlooked in discussions of smart growth policies is the need
for affordable housing as a key component of growth planning.
New polling shows that even as California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger makes explicit his opposition to Proposition 90 -- the state's clone of Measure 37 -- new polling shows the proposition passing by a margin of 58% to 28%.
In a California election year where hundreds of millions of dollars are being dumped into races, Prop 90 has flown mostly under the radar.
Washington D.C.'s struggle to combat urban sprawl goes beyond fighting greedy developors or desires for big houses. The U.S. federal government is proving to be the most stubborn foe to smart growth planners by insisting on scattering employees to the outer edges of the region. Claiming a need for security and space, the federal government has undermined local efforts to concentrate growth near public transit and urban cores.
There's a piece of rhetoric out there that smart growth policies
increase housing costs, therefore driving working families out of urban
areas to the exurban fringe. Daniel Goldberg of Smart Growth America responds with this post
emphasizing that the real problem is that the principles of smart
growth -- ensuring that "development makes efficient use of land and
the roads, sewers, schools and other infrastructure we all pay for" --
have still only had minimal impact on suburban sprawl.