Friday, September 30, 2011

Ironically, Austin Switches to All-Green Energy While Rick Perry Keeps Denying Climate Change

According to the Austin American-Statesmen, Austin became the nation's first major green-energy-only municipal operation today. Going "all green" will cost $8.5 million this year but is a key first step in the city's Climate Protection Plan. The initiative, which won former Mayor Will Wynn national acclaim when the City Council adopted it in 2007, is intended to cut Austin's contribution to global climate change by reducing the community's greenhouse-gas emissions over the next 50 years. Switching to renewable energy was seen as a way for the 12,000-employee city government to demonstrate leadership to the rest of the community.

"I agree with the scientific community; global warming is a reality, and we will continue to lead American cities by maintaining our community vision" for carbon reduction, Mayor Lee Leffingwell said in a statement. "I am hopeful that other cities will be inspired to follow suit, now that our vision has become a reality."

Meanwhile, tonight at a town hall-style debate in New Hampshire, Rick Perry said, “[Global Warming is] frankly not proven...the climate has been changing for thousands of years, and for us to take a snapshot in time and say, ‘The climate change that is going on is man’s fault, and we need to jeopardize America’s economy [to fix it.]’ I’m a skeptic about that."

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