Green city council votes for cop car hybrids as Bush Administration cops-out of world greenhouse emissions Kyoto Treaty
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 18, 2005
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Kevin McKeown, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-393-3639,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
SEBASTOPOL, Ca. (February 18, 2005) – The Green Party of California
roundly criticized the decision by the Bush Administration this week for
its withdrawal from the Kyoto protocol.
But maybe greenhouse emissions will drop just a little bit more thanks to a
Green Party-led city council in Sebastopol which sprung for hybrid cars for
The Sebastopol City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to purchase two
hybrid vehicles for its police department – the police chief gets a
spanking new Ford SUV hybrid, and parking enforcement gets a more modest
Toyota Prius hybrid. The two vehicles will average more than 40
"Our city has pledged to reduce our green house gas emissions by a minimum
of 30 percent. This purchase of hybrid vehicles is a significant step
toward that goal," said Sam Pierce, a Green Party member on the Sebastopol
"Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this decision is that it is supported
by the police chief, and city manager. We are all committed to addressing
the most critical challenge of our time, global climate change," added
Pierce, one of three Greens on the five-person council.
As part of a citywide goal of reducing polluting emissions by 30 percent
within three years, Sebastopol has adopted a policy requiring the city
council to approve the purchase of any city vehicle that is not zero,
ultra-low or low emission.
Pierce, meanwhile, explained that the world's environment would benefit
from the rules under the Kyoto protocol that went into effect Wednesday.
The 141 nations – except for the U.S. – have agreed to reduce greenhouse
gases by an average of 5.2 percent below 1990 levels. Those countries
account for about 55 percent of total greenhouse emissions.
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