Kyoto Goes Local

DIY green revolution

| January/February 2002

More than 100 U.S. cities and 400 around the world have responded to the Bush Administration’s abandonment of the Kyoto treaty on global warming by trying to meet the treaty’s goals via local initiatives, notes Yes! (Fall 2001). In Seattle, for instance, local officials have committed the city’s public utility to meeting all new power demand without increasing greenhouse gas emissions. The utility, City Light, relies on energy efficiency and wind power as much as possible, and when it needs to increase its use of fossil fuels, it offsets the resulting greenhouse gas emissions with incentives for reducing auto use.