This article was originally published on Blue Oregon.
This September, a few noteworthy news stories broke that seemed to escape public consciousness. One was on Portland winning global honors for it’s Climate Action Plan.
From a city press release: “Portland is among 10 cities worldwide to receive the C40 City Climate Leadership Awards 2014. Portland is developing ‘complete neighborhoods’ to give all residents safe and convenient access to the goods and services needed in daily life. In 2012, 45 percent of the Portland population lived in complete neighborhoods, a figure which the city aims to raise to 80 percent by 2035. The city’s ambitious and successful initiative shows a unique and valuable pathway to sustainable, resilient, and low carbon communities.”
Naturally, our mayor Charlie Hales seized the moment to pat his city on the back, “Portland stands proudly alongside the global megacities that make up the C40.We’re delighted to have the honor and recognition that the Portland’s Healthy Connected City approach has proven to be a powerful carbon-reduction strategy.”
There’s just one problem with his words here. When contrasted to other statements Hales has made, they ring totally hollow.