New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday urged the United States, the
world's biggest polluter, to lead the fight against climate change by enacting a
tax on carbon emissions blamed for global warming. Bloomberg took part in a UN
General Assembly debate on climate change and laid out his own efforts to shrink
carbon emissions by 30 per cent from current levels by 2030 in the city of 8
His much praised programmes include converting the taxi fleet to hybrid cars,
road congestion pricing, improving buildings' energy efficiency and planting 1
million trees in the next decade.
Bloomberg said the US must show leadership in fighting carbon emissions by
setting "real and binding carbon reduction targets."
"So long as there's no penalty or cost involved in producing greenhouse gases,
there will be no incentive to meet such targets," he said. "For that reason, I
believe the US ...