Is this happening in your city? It did in Portland, and now in Albuquerque: Greenwashing.
Now it has all come crashing down thanks to some investigation by Fleck. From the lead, it is a great story:
It is a claim every Albuquerque resident who cares about global warming could be proud of: Since 1990, city residents have cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 6 percent.
It is also untrue.
Wow. If that doesn't get you to read the rest of the story, then what will?
It's not the first time Chavez's green-claims were questioned in the pages of the Journal. Back in October, Dr. John Fogarty of Physicians for Social Responsibility asked some questions about Chavez's grandiose claims. "On the surface it looked glitzy" Fogarty said of the green building code, "but what was under that coat of green paint?" Well, it looks like Fleck has found out what is under that green paint.
The best internet-friendly information from Fleck's article comes at the bottom. This is where Fleck has a list of claims and the corresponding actual facts.
The city's latest "Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory" said emissions were reduced by about 6 percent from 1990 to 2005.
Figures were based on the claim that natural gas usage dropped 87 percent from 1990 to 2005. PNM data show no such drop. City officials acknowledged a calculation error and withdrew the report.
If you aren't reading John Fleck's blog, then you have to start doing so. The science writer for the Albuquerque Journal (who also has a blog at the horribly-designed Journal website) may be my favorite local newspaper writer. He has a knack for making science interesting to those who might not find science interesting at all.
PS: Remember, Chavez is Kos' favorite Democratic mayor.