Buncombe Commissioners set high bar for carbon reductions

(Mountain XPress) At their Dec. 3 meeting, the majority of Buncombe County Commissioners endorsed a goal of reducing the county’s carbon footprint by 80 percent. The plan calls for cutting its emissions by 2 percent each year until the final target is met. Commissioner Brownie Newman argued that the measure will actually save the county money in the longterm, and is needed to help avoid the worst impacts of global warming. The plan represents “one of the most ambitious clean energy commitments adopted by any local governments in the country,” according to Newman. The final resolution notes: “The American Association for the Advancement of Science has determined, ‘The scientific evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society.’”

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