Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Foxx signs climate pledge

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Remember, back in May, when we noticed then-Mayor Pat McCrory didn't pledge that our city would cut greenhouse gases? If you missed it, here's a link to John Grooms post: 'Greenest mayors' list: Guess who's not on it?

Considering that the movers and shakers in the city keep talking about how Charlotte is going to be a hub of alternative energy companies, that seemed a little odd.

McCrory, though, refused to sign his own group’s agreement. Why? Because it doesn’t recommend nuclear power as an alternative energy source (he was employed by Duke Energy at the time, and we all know how eager Pat  has always been to embrace his inner corporate puppet) — oh, and because the agreement noted that there just may be a problem with global warming, a statement McCrory found to be “too political.”

However, only a couple weeks into his first term, Mayor Anthony Foxx plans to sign the pledge.

Charlotte will finally join more than 1,000 other cities (including Gastonia) in promising to reduce emissions as a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.

Mayor Anthony Foxx is set to sign the pledge Thursday, commiting the Queen City to meeting or beating the standards of the Kyoto Protocol.

Read the rest of this Charlotte Business Journal article, by Susan Stabley, here.

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