U.S. mayors sign accord targeting emissions 2 hours, 24 minutes ago
When Greg Nickels became Seattle's mayor in 2002, global warming was hardly at the top of the municipal agenda.
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#1 Oct 3, 2009
I was expecting this to happen because the world's mayors have been meeting in recent years to study global warming.
#2 Oct 3, 2009
From the article:
On Friday, as outgoing president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, he announced that 1,000 mayors across the country had signed a pact to meet the Kyoto protocol targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They also will urge the federal government and the states to cut emissions by 7 percent from 1990 levels by 2012.
Go mayors, go mayors, go!
#3 Oct 3, 2009
Los Angeles reached the 7 percent Kyoto target in 2008, four years ahead of schedule, in part through an aggressive program in energy efficiency that included light bulb and street light replacements, mandatory green building standards, and a transition to alternative fuel on buses, trash trucks and other city vehicles.
Go LA! Go LA! LA!
#4 Oct 3, 2009
Seattle was able to reduce its 1990 carbon footprint by 8 percent in 2005, largely through voluntary emissions reductions by households and businesses. Many of those switched from dirty fuel oil to cleaner-burning natural gas.
Go Seattle, go! Seattle, the most educated city in USA! Of course.
#5 Oct 3, 2009
Cities.. to note:
A city-by-city report released Friday showed that Boston has increased its solar capacity by 300 percent;
Philadelphia has adopted a plan to retrofit 100,000 homes with energy-saving features over the next seven years;
Cleveland has set a standard of converting to 25 percent renewable electricity;
Albuquerque, N.M., has revised its construction codes to make its buildings carbon neutral by 2030.
#6 Oct 3, 2009
“I (had) assumed [previously] that our federal government was working hard to make sure we were protecting our future. I was wrong,” Nickels said in overseeing the signature of Republican Scott Smith, mayor of Tempe, Ariz. The two were joined by more than a dozen other U.S. mayors.
Smith, the Tempe mayor, earlier had balked at the mayoral compact’s call for lobbying Congress and the administration to support a cap-and-trade system for mandatory limits on carbon emissions. But then he decided the mayors’ initiative was “the right thing to do.”
“I am signing up because this is too important an issue for us to stand on the sideline,” he said.“This is not a group without diversity; it’s not a group that agrees on everything. But it is a group that is completely united and committed to this one issue.”
Good job, mayors.
#7 Oct 3, 2009
“The 100 top metropolitan areas represent 75 percent of the (gross domestic product) of this country. This is where the economy is. This is where the energy is. And this is where the solutions need to come,” said Greg Nickels, Seattle’s mayor.“It became clear to me that global warming was not something off in the future, not far away, but something that was here and now.”
Have a nice day, mayors and cities and every body.
P.S. Earth is a beautiful planet for beautiful earthlings.
#8 Oct 3, 2009
WOW.. this means U.S. mayors sign accord targeting emissions 3 hours, 24 minutes ago..
Excellent, US mayors. Thanks a LOT.
#9 Oct 3, 2009
Haha lol.. nonbeautiful "Earthling" went mad at my posts to waste his icons on them. What a loser!
Go US mayors, go!
#10 Oct 3, 2009
This is a good place to quote Terms Used in Describing the Nature of Science*
Fact: In science, an observation that has been repeatedly confirmed and for all practical purposes is accepted as "true." Truth in science, however, is never final, and what is accepted as a fact today may be modified or even discarded tomorrow.
Hypothesis: A tentative statement about the natural world leading to deductions that can be tested. If the deductions are verified, it becomes more probable that the hypothesis is correct. If the deductions are incorrect, the original hypothesis can be abandoned or modified. Hypotheses can be used to build more complex inferences and explanations.
Law: A descriptive generalization about how some aspect of the natural world behaves under stated circumstances.
Theory: In science, a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world that can incorporate facts, laws, inferences, and tested hypotheses.
The contention that evolution should be taught as a "theory, not as a fact" confuses the common use of these words with the scientific use. In science, theories do not turn into facts through the accumulation of evidence. Rather, theories are the end points of science. They are understandings that develop from extensive observation, experimentation, and creative reflection. They incorporate a large body of scientific facts, laws, tested hypotheses, and logical inferences. In this sense, evolution is one of the strongest and most useful scientific theories we have.
Adapted from Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science by the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 1998).
P.S. Thanks, NobodyYouKnow, who posted a link in another thread.
#11 Oct 3, 2009
Not guilty, apparently I'm not the only poster here who knows you're an idiot.
#12 Oct 3, 2009
Earthling revisits to lie in #11 that he is "not guilty." And he places the same icons as he did before on #9.
This poster is addicted to lying, not just smoking.. he also wants to get caught.. One wonders why this man from UK hides in Spain to post in Topix on science matters when he has NO science.
And this alleged Britisher can't even spell 'fashion' and misses grammar rules.
No wonder people say: "Earthling has NO brain."
#13 Oct 3, 2009
U.S. mayors sign accord targeting emissions 9 hours, 24 minutes ago
#16 Oct 3, 2009
The above was compliments of the Washington Examiner!
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