Supervisors Dan Storck, John Foust and Jeff McKay are to be commended for bringing before their colleagues an ambitious agenda of potential actions the county can take to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (“Going for the Green," Feb. 22). As Supervisor Storck stated, the county’s response must be proportional to the unprecedented climate changes already being experienced. The measures laid out in the board matter are meaningful and approach the challenge of reducing the county’s carbon footprint on multiple fronts. At the same time, they are realistic and well within the range of possibility of what Fairfax County can achieve.
As Supervisor McKay noted, people all over the commonwealth look to Fairfax County to set an example. Each of the proposed measures and initiatives included in the unanimously passed board matter represents an opportunity for the county live up to that role.
While considering local actions, we must not lose sight of the need for a national climate solution. For that reason, I was pleased that the board matter also included a proposal by Citizens' Climate Lobby for a county resolution endorsing the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763). The first bipartisan climate legislation in over a decade, this bill would reduce the nation's emissions by 40 percent in the first 12 years, create 2.1 million jobs over a decade, and help low- and middle-income families via a monthly dividend. By putting its clout behind this bill, Fairfax County would help bring our nation closer to the kind of dramatic emissions reductions needed to prevent catastrophic climate change.