Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels (D) touts 200-city consensus on greenhouse gas reductions
In the past year, 200 cities have agreed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 7 percent below 1990 levels, the same standard that the United States would have been held to had it ratified the Kyoto Protocol. During today's OnPoint, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels (D) -- who spearheaded the climate effort -- describes how global warming is affecting snowpack and water resources in the Pacific Northwest. He also explains how Seattle plans on meeting its obligations and why local action could pave the way for a new federal policy. Plus, Nickels addresses criticism that reducing carbon emissions could stunt economic development in his state and others.