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March 28, 2007

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To the editor:

As the City Commission elections draw near, one of the issues we all need to be thinking about is how our community is going to deal with climate change. The City Commission has signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which calls for greenhouse gas emissions to be lower than 1990 levels. Many believe the cuts need to go way beyond 1990 levels, and we need to do it RIGHT NOW!

How will Lawrence develop and grow as a community that burns fewer fossil fuels?

One way for all of us to be a part of the solution and reduce our carbon emissions is to drive less. We need a city infrastructure that supports communitywide efforts to do just that. Citizens can walk more, bike more, keep their vehicles well-maintained, carpool and combine errands. All of these things will make a collective difference. We need to have increased use of public transportation. Our neighborhoods need to be more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. How far would you have to walk to go to work? How far to buy groceries? How far to check out a book from the library? How far would your kids have to walk to get to school or to the park or to soccer practice?

How will the city commissioner you vote for guide Lawrence through these changes?

Jana White,

Lawrence

Comments

Michael Capra 7 years, 9 months ago

Moody,Boog,Schauner wont gey my vote they all lied about job growth and now the real numbers are out and they tried to spin and lie about it we have lost 900 jobs

VOTE Dever,Chestnut,Bush they tried to tell the truth but they keep beating them down with lies

gr 7 years, 9 months ago

"How far to check out a book from the library? "

Hmmm. If the city is wanting to reduce emmissions and still wanting to provide services, maybe branch libraries are a solution. Definitely not a mult-million dollar big new library.

Reduce global warming - pollute the environment by purchasing florescent lights. Spread the mercury around.

altarego 7 years, 9 months ago

There are empty busses running all over town. Use them or stop this addtional pollution. Good money has been spent for 6' wide bike paths and signage all over this town. I'm not sure what any city functionary can do to force people to ride their bikes.

There oughta be a law?

sourpuss 7 years, 9 months ago

Perhaps if we had more small, neighborhood services like grocer marts, dry cleaners, cafes, etc, people wouldn't have to hop in their car just to get some milk or diapers. I think more people would walk if they had someplace to go. Granted, Lawrence is never going to be NYC, but if we wanted to create jobs, why don't we start a neighborhood grocer incentive? Form a collective across the city to get good bulk rates and keep the prices competitive with the big stores. Put people to work and get people out of their cars. And perhaps this time the City Commission wouldn't derail it due to lack of parking (ironic...).

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

Replace lighting fixtures with energy star fixtures.

Of course walk,bike,rollerblade and use the T as much as possible. Walking and biking in Lawrence is an easy task not to mention more fun than driving. Biking and walking dates are cool. Each time a gas consuming vehicle is left behind produces a hefty impact in the positive.

The T has experienced double digit growth since its' inception and in 2006 provided 421,864 one way trips and the T lift provided 55,176 one way trips. Add to this trips made by KU student bus service = remarkable bus use in Lawrence,Kansas. 2001 - 2006 produced an increase in ridership of over 200,000 for the T.

altarego 7 years, 9 months ago

Marion,

Thanks. You inspire me. The law would include evironmentally friendly bicycles built by companies which displaced no workers by implementing CNC welding machines. No polluting paint fumes. Corn cob frames riding on a silken cushion of hot air collected at these forums.

Please to post your configuration of a T that would work. Curiosity genuine.

Thanks.

altarego

jafs 7 years, 9 months ago

While the idea of public tranportation is appealing, I believe the "T" system is in fact less efficient and more polluting than private vehicles, especially at the rate of ridership I see.

Small personal cars get much better mileage, and pollute less.

I would very much like to see all public buildings practice conservation by lowering the thermostats a bit in the winter and raising them in the summer. Also, if not already in place, recycling of all paper used, and the use of recycled materials whenever possible.

We can make a difference.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 9 months ago

"many believe " ... in the LTE.

well, many believe with good reason that mankind doesn't contribute to global warming. 1890-1945 global warming occurred, but atmospheric carbon only went up about 1945! solar output is up in two bands. ice caps melting on mars, but ain't much manmade pollution there! global warming is happening, we are not beyond past extreme points in global history, just part of the constant flux world climate displays. you can't just write this off as "oil company money" sponsored research against global warming.

it is a hoax and a modern day religion (Crichton) to believe that man is causing the global warming. in the '70s after a 20-plus year 'global cooling [despite rising carbon levels] the enviros were giving out scare stories of the 'global winter' 'global cooling' that threatened us all; in fact, we're all supposed to be dead and gone under that scare story!

AlGore is certainly no scientist. and he's making money off the global warming hoax, through his 'carbon offsets' company. think!

Thats_messed_up 7 years, 9 months ago

THE BIGGEST way to reduce greenhouse emissions in Lawrence is to BUILD THE SOUTH LAWRENCE TRAFFICWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You armchair environmentalists can't have it both ways. You can't talk about building everything closer together so we can all ride our bikes to get our wheat grass when you have 30,000 commuter cars twice a day stopping and starting at 20 different stop lights, idling, accelerating, stopping, idling, accelerating, stopping, idling, accelerating, stopping and on and on and on and then cutting through every Lawrence backstreet trying to cut off 5 minutes of their commute! Nice concept Jana but you people CAN NOT ignore the green house gasses produced every day here in Left-Wing Liberal Utopia Lawrence! The bypass is an environmental issue AND a quality of life in Lawrence issue. Once we get the whackjobs off the Kommission we will have our highway finally after 20 years of blocking and stalling.

Ragingbear 7 years, 9 months ago

Maybe we should vote for somebody that knows what a period and a comma are for. I am sick and tired of seeing tards writing articles, and commenting on them and not understanding basic grammar.

Today's remedial English patient: 458casul

gr 7 years, 9 months ago

"1890-1945 global warming occurred, but atmospheric carbon only went up about 1945! "

How's this spin: global warming has caused increased greenhouse gases, therefore, we must reduce our emissions just the same and buy Gore's carbon credits.

"stopping and starting at 20 different stop lights"

Yeah! If Lawrence is going to pretend to 'save the world', it should be mandatory that all traffic lights are synchronized.

"Really? You believe someone at, say, 15th & Kasold, will drive south for two miles to catch the traffic way before heading east?"

I don't buy you thought before you typed. Are you saying no one drives on the one half of South Lawrence Trafficway and if they did, they did not want to drive east? Besides, for you global alarmists, 25% savings is a lot more than ever offered! RC, relieving traffic was not the point of the comment - reducing the "global warming" was.

Thats_messed_up 7 years, 9 months ago

Good logic Reality Check! Instead of heading south on 4 lane 40 mph Kasold and maybe stopping at ONE stop light at 23rd then turning off at the curve to get on the SLT and never stopping again all the way to Overland Park,...........You and all the other whackjobs would rather take 15th to Iowa turn right, go down to 19th, turn left, go down and stop at Ousdahl, continue and stop at Louisiana, continue and stop at Tennessee, continue and stop at Mass, continue and stop at Haskell, continue and stop at Harper turn right, go south to 23rd and stop, wait for light to turn green then turn left and proceed on HIGHWAY 10 all the way to O.P.

Think before you type!

bisky1 7 years, 9 months ago

rc- among professional climatologists funded by the government there is certainly no debate, among smart (ouch) people with open minds there is much debate. al gore is just like rush limbaugh, he is just making a buck, oh and thank you very much.

gr 7 years, 8 months ago

"Okay, I'm a "whack job" "

I believe you were the only one who did any name calling.

"stop acting like there is a debate about global warming"

Whether there is or is not a debate about global warming, what does that have to do with reducing greenhouse gases - nothing. Don't try and say there's no debate about whether humans are causing Earth, Mars, and other planets to warm.

jafs 7 years, 8 months ago

Wow,

I actually found something to agree with on a post from gr.

We should indeed synchronize our traffic lights - it wouldn't be very expensive, and would provide a number of benefits.

I will bask in this feeling for a little while.

gr 7 years, 8 months ago

Mind you, that's not to save Mars, but to keep from being wasteful, makes sense, and there's no reason not to.

While not agreeing on the results of doing it, at least we agree it's a good idea.

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