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Menlo Park aims to cut greenhouse gases

Original post made on Jun 5, 2013

The city will strive to cut the community's greenhouse gas emissions by 27 percent during the next six-and-a-half years, according to the Menlo Park City Council. Implementing the policy will cost an estimated $400,000 annually.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 10:39 AM

Comments (5)

Posted by Louise68, a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Jun 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm

One very easy way to cut greenhouse gases is to have a total ban on all gasoline-powered gardening equipment. Brooms and rakes and manual lawnmowers work just fine.

What we really need is a national ban on these unnecessary, polluting, noisy tools, but I'll settle for a city-wide ban for now.


Posted by sunshine 1, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Could Menlo Park Please--Please--Please Ban ALL MOTORIZED GARDENING equipment Now??? To make enforcement easy (simple) the ban simply must cover All MOTORIZED garden tools.
It makes me really sad that I have to be FORCED to Breathe and Listen to the truly Awful--awful emissions of those so called "tools".
There is NO need whatsoever to allow the 200 MPH Industrial HURRICANES to continue any longer (Ban Gas and Electric tools)
Why does NO one in city government care about our peace and serenity is smashed and destroyed numerous times a week -- every--every week by these Evil and Cruel devices ??? This is definitely NOT the standards of any truly "Elite or privileged community in my book. Thank you very very much for reading my thoughts and plea on this important matter.


Posted by manbearpig, a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jun 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Waaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!! The enviro-nazis are out in full whiney force.


Posted by get serious, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 6, 2013 at 10:23 am

If Menlo Park wants to get serious, it would stop approving new large developments that, despite being LEED-certified, actually increase the city's greenhouse gases. Most of those developments don't even add sales tax revenues to help pay for the city services and new greenhouse gas reduction strategies.
If Menlo Park wants to get serious, it would develop a comprehensive transportation impact program that estimates costs of improvements that would make biking and walking easier and safer and would provide alternatives to driving. The program would need to be fully funded, so a means to fund it would need to be created. This is not rocket science or without precedent.
If Menlo Park wants to get serious, it would create rules and guidelines that promote use of solar energy and building designs that maximize use of solar power, heat, and light and protect same from inappropriately selected and placed structures and trees nearby.

Menlo Park doesn't have to invent everything in its own arcane ways. Let's see if it's really serious.


Posted by Joe, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jun 6, 2013 at 11:35 am

I could not agree more with what "get serious" says.

This issue of climate change needs stand-out communities to set an example. There's no good reason why Menlo Park could not get serious and evolve into such a community.


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