Take Portland, for example. The Northwest city’s modest goal is to reduce Portland and Multnomah County emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. Planners claim that, as of 2010, the city and county had reduced emissions by 6 percent from 1990 levels. However, this claim is full of hot air as all of the reductions are due to causes beyond planners’ control.They don't care about reduced emissions, they just don't want it there. And if hundreds of families have to lose their livelihoods for that, well they were the Wrong Sort of people anyway. Not the swell sort that go to wine tastings at the very well regarded localvore cafe. Almost Kulaks.
Almost two-thirds of the reduction was in the industrial sector, and virtually all of that was due to the closure in 2000 of an aluminum plant that once employed 520 people. The closure of that plant hasn’t led anyone to use less aluminum, so all it did was move emissions elsewhere.
No wonder the economy has been stagnant for 15 years.