Montgomery County Greenhouse Gas Reduction

The Montgomery County Commissioners formed a task force that will create a plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the county.Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, are created naturally and by human factors such as automobile emissions, tree loss, and energy consumption.Once created, these gases combine with water vapor to trap the sun’s energy in our atmosphere and increase average temperatures throughout the globe.This results in a number of environmental problems including sea level change, increased flood severity, changing crop productivity patterns, melting ice caps, and changes in animal and plant ranges.Reducing these emissions can reduce these problems.

The Montgomery County Greenhouse Gas Reduction Task Force will make recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas production in the county.Though greenhouse gas reduction is a global issue, the county can do its part through various initiatives.Reducing greenhouse gases also dovetails with other county programs and initiatives including open space preservation, support of public transit, and revitalization of our older towns.The county may achieve other land use and energy reduction benefits at the same time green house gases are reduced.

The task force is made up of representatives from the business community, clean air advocates, government, transportation, and academic institutions.It will deliberate over the next six months to formulate an action plan that will be presented to the Montgomery County Commissioners.The task force will also be asked to assist in gathering public input on this topic and will hold a public workshop.

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Montgomery County Greenhouse Gas Reduction Task Force

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