Tuesday, June 03, 2008


Rutherford Urges Louisville and Lexington To Follow Pike County's Lead In Cleaner Energy Efforts.

Pike County Judge/Executive Wayne T. Rutherford’s initial reaction to news that Lexington-Fayette County ranked as the largest emitters of carbon in America was that of shock.

“It was a shock to read the report,” Rutherford said, “while Pike County’s Comprehensive Energy program is looking at clean coal technologies and a means of operating in the future in a greener fashion.”

The report, issued by the Brookings Institution, offered a “carbon footprint” list of the 100 cities in America. Cities were listed from the number one (Honolulu), which has the lowest carbon emissions, to number 100 (Lexington), which has the highest.

Neighboring Louisville was cited at 96 on the list, according to the report.

Three main reasons were given for Lexington’s rank, according to Marilyn A. Brown of the Georgia Institute of Technology, the lead author of the study.

First is traffic, highlighted by Lexington’s sparse use of public transportation, along with inefficient home in relation to energy efficiency.

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