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City of Portland Succeeds in Reducing Greenhouse Gases to 1990 Levels

| Thursday August 25th, 2005 | 3 Comments

portland.jpgWith remakably little difficulty or cost, the city of Portland, Oregon, has succeeded in lowering its greenhouse gas emissions essentially to the level in 1990. While other cities have squabled about the costs of such an endeavor, or ignored it altogether, Portland has laid out a series of investments and infrastructure projects that have made it a leader of the pack worldwide – all while remaining one of the country’s most desireable cities.
Interestingly, city commissioner Eric Sten says that progress was made more by subtle land use policy than by mass civic involvement. Asked whether the general public cared about reducing fossil fuel use, Sten replied “I’m not sure the public does care.”


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  • http://plastickelly.blogspot.com Kelly

    You think you have it bad. I live in Houston. We have no zoning (Houston is the anti-zoning city). Houston is nearly 80 miles across with no usable public transit system. We have an international airport, the third largest shipping port in the world (I think). Tons of chemical plants. Let’s see, wasn’t there something else, Oh, and the thing that kills us is that Houston was built on a swamp in the first place. Yee-gadds.

  • Icelander

    Portland has one big advantage in lowering greenhouse gas emissions: They didn’t buy into the Federal Highway Program. They stopped the highway from running through the city and set development limits, and they created a light rail system.
    For my city (Harrisburg, PA) to do the same, we’d have to spend billions installing light rail, not to mention negotiating zoning regulations with the surrounding townships. I’m sure it’s the same for a lot of cities in the country.
    Or I could, ya know, move to Portland.

  • THM

    Well done Portland. Here in the UK our CO2 levels have risen by about 2% over the past few years. Pity the government aren’t taking it more seriously.