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Denver Announces Climate Action Plan

Denver has announced a climate action plan with the goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 4.4 million metric tons by 2020, the equivalent of eliminating two small coal-fired power plants, Rocky Mountain News reports.

The plan will be presented to community groups in the next several months, and the City Council will hold hearings this summer. Denver’s goal is to have the Climate Action Plan in place by the end of the year.

Much of the city’s plan involves finding ways to encourage energy conservation by mandating efficiency standards for new construction and setting standards for older homes that would be enforced when the home is sold.

Ideas being considered:

• Making heavy users of electricity and natural gas pay more,

•Charging residents who throw away a lot of trash,

• Setting energy-efficiency standards for new construction, and

• Giving carpoolers and hybrids priority for parking.

Denver is also considering kiosks at Denver International Airport where travelers can buy carbon offsets.

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