Daley Just Talks the Talk

Daley Just Talks the Talk
June 20, 2007

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute, and... (read full bio)

Dear Editor:

“Daley’s city not so ‘green’” (June 18) illustrates the difference between talking the talk and walking the walk regarding greenhouse gases. Just as European governments make self-laudatory statements about joining the Kyoto Protocol and then do little as their emissions soar, Chicago’s global warming emissions continue to soar even as Mayor Daley is a national leader in fiery global warming rhetoric.

While Europe and cities like Chicago talk the talk but emit ever-increasing amounts of greenhouse gases, the “do-nothing” policies of the Bush administration seem to have more real-world effect. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/1605/flash/pdf/flash.pdf), total U.S. emissions declined in 2006, which continues a six-year trend of stable greenhouse gas emissions.

Perhaps Mayor Daley could spend a little more time inquiring into what has worked at the national level and a little less time blustering about being holier than everybody else.

James M. Taylor (taylor@heartland.org) is senior fellow for environment policy at The Heartland Institute.

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute, and... (read full bio)