From FOX News:
Going green will not be optional in Cambridge, Mass., if the Cambridge Climate Congress has its way. It will be mandatory.
There will be congestion pricing to reduce car travel. Curbside parking will be eliminated. There will be a carbon tax “of some kind,” not to mention taxes on plastic and paper bags. And the Massachusetts city, home of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will advocate vegetarianism and veganism, complete with “Meatless or Vegan Mondays.” [...]
“Trying to grow something out of season in a greenhouse locally may produce more greenhouse gas emissions than having the same food shipped in from a place where it grows naturally,” he said. “Studies do not come down uniformly on the side that local is better.”
But Richard Rood, a professor of atmospheric, oceanic, and space sciences at the University of Michigan, praised Cambridge’s proposal to create a “temperate zone” program, in which building are neither heated nor cooled during the fall and spring.
“That is a place where you might make a difference,” said Rood, who writes a blog for Weather Underground.
He also praised the city’s proposal to advocate vegetarianism and veganism.
“From a climate point of view, eating less meat would have a climate impact,” said Rood, citing increased deforestation, methane production, fertilizer use and greenhouse gases associated with maintaining that land. “Eating less meat is for the environment in many ways.
(As an aside, Vegan Soapbox writer, Ed Miller, went to college in Cambridge. He’s an MIT graduate with two degrees!)