Just in time for Earth Day, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to announce on Sunday 127 environmental proposals, including a plan to add a million trees to the city over the next 10 years. With an EPA you have to sue in order to see enforcement, it’s no wonder local leaders of all political stripes have increasingly taken on environmental regulation themselves.
AP via Yahoo:
The tree program is one of 127 environmental proposals that Mayor Michael Bloomberg was set to outline Sunday in a speech at the Museum of Natural History, timed with the observance of Earth Day.
His administration has been working for more than a year on the package of ideas, which is also expected to include a controversial plan to charge motorists extra for driving into certain parts of Manhattan, as a way to cut down on traffic congestion and pollution.
Bloomberg, whose second term expires at the end of 2009, has a goal of reducing New York City’s carbon emissions by 30 percent over the next two decades. He has said that the population is likely to grow by another million in that time—up from 8.2 million today—and that the city needs a plan now to deal with the strain on infrastructure and the environment.