Carbon Footprint Challenge

New federal policies that promote greater transportation choices, introduce more energy efficient freight operations and encourage energy- and location-efficient housing decisions are key to shrinking the nation’s carbon footprint, according to a report from the Brookings Institution. The report  ranks transportation and residential carbon emissions for the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. Interestingly it finds that metro area residents have smaller carbon footprints than the average American, though metro footprints vary widely. It notes that residential and commercial buildings alone account for 39 percent of the carbon emissions in the U.S. Transportation accounts for one-third of U.S. emissions, and industry for 28 percent.  It suggests an effective climate strategy must focus on reducing carbon emissions from all three sectors.  

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