In Colorado, the Fort Collins City Council gave unanimous support this week to a plan that would help the city meet a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, The Coloradoan reports. The city, one of the few communities to track greenhouse gas emissions, is on the verge of badly missing a 1999 goal to cut projected 2010 emissions by 30 percent.
Under the plan, the city would:
- Create a task force of residents and city staff to develop a plan to meet the city’s greenhouse gas goals;
- Encourage public and private entities in the city to cut emissions;
- Discuss becoming “climate neutral,” or producing no more greenhouse gas emissions than it saves.
In 1999, the council adopted a plan to reduce 2010 carbon dioxide emissions to 2.46 million tons per year – a level the city surpassed in 2004. Recent forecasts put the city on track to emit between 3.2 million and 3.5 million tons of carbon dioxide by that year.