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New York mayor supports carbon emissions tax, reduces hardwood use

Source:  Copyright 2008, Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Date:  February 11, 2008
Original URL: Status ONLINE

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 million inhabitants.

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 ...

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