America's mayors, responding to a growing sense of urgency over climate
change, are rapidly stepping up programs to weatherize buildings, capture
methane gas from landfills, switch municipal fleets to hybrids, promote mass
transit and buy cleaner electricity.
But changing the carbon footprint of their cities is turning out to be harder
than they thought.
To help fund the mayors' ambitious plans, Congress has included block grants in
energy legislation now under consideration -- up to $2 billion a year in a House
bill -- to jump-start "green jobs" initiatives, training low-income workers to
retrofit buildings and install climate-friendly energy systems.
"Green energy is going to be the oil gusher of the 21st century," New York Mayor
Michael R. Bloomberg testified at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate
Protection Summit in Seattle on Friday. "This is going to be a huge industry."
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