Arlington, Va. environment: Emissions reduction plan approved
The good news is that Arlington County has approved a plan to reduce its carbon emissions over 75 percent by 2050. The bad news, as WAMU reports, is that it's a completely meaningless mandate.
The plan is completely voluntary, as there are no penalties for noncompliance. The county hopes that 2.2 metric tons of emissions will be reduced each year. Of course, this raises an interesting situation. A vast majority (96.5 percent) of emissions come from the community - the drivers, the electricity users, etc - and not the government.
How will it be possible to actually reduce emissions for the county (which already is below the national average in carbon emissions per capita)? Well, Arlington does have the cool bike-sharing system.
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