D.C. New Budget Becomes Green Friendly and Aims At Reducing Car Travel
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D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser proposed a $17.5 million dollar 2022 budget that would reduce the use of cars for personal use and promote sustainable ways of travel such as biking, walking and public transit transportation. The plan would fix the infrastructure of the roads, expand bike lanes and pedestrian infrastructure and extend the length of bus lanes.
“The average passenger vehicle emits about 404 grams of CO2 per mile,” and that “a typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year,” The United States Environmental Protection Agency reported.
Bowser has been trying to introduce progressively greener methods in D.C. This year alone she announced the district would invest $5 million dollars fixing dangerous intersections and another $5 million to improve the city’s automated traffic enforcement system. Bowser’s plan adds public electric bikes where every D.C. resident will live within a quarter-mile of a bike station.
Joe Biden’s American Job Plan also has many green initiatives, such as using more sustainable methods to build steel and cement, limiting greenhouse gas emissions, and budgets $85 billion to help “modernize existing transit and help agencies expand their systems to meet rider demand.”
Many industries have also made an effort to become greener. Majority of car companies have pledged to produce all-electric cars by 2023 and beyond such as Volo, Jaguar and Ford. Other companies, such as USPS and Mcdonald’s, have also made efforts to become more green. USPS will be investing in fuel-efficient mail carrier cars by 2023, while Mcdonald’s plans to cut their energy wastage by 25%.
Renewable energy is not a cheap alternative and can be irregular which can complicate the future use of these energy sources for large-scale use. Many people worry that it will be difficult to use renewable energy that is “weather dependent,” in places where the climate could be unpredictable.
Additionally, the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy will most likely not be an easy one. Having new renewable energy technologies to market “causes problems both in regard to cost and convenience, meaning a switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy is not a simple task.”