I'm not disturbed, but the CBO has no standing.
The CBO piece is nothing more than an opinion piece (and they say as much). My tax dollars should be better spent. for example...
If the Government is so convinced that the world is coming to an end, Why don't they mandate that THEY in the government give up their big cars and air polluting big jets (Nancy). Why doesn't the postal service run their vehicles on CNG? How about Government going paperless? How about they turn off the lights on all the monuments in D.C. How about they close D.C. to car traffic? How about they (Those in Government) lead by example. "Do as I say NOT as I do?" NO, NO and NO...
Green DC Agenda http://www.green.dc.gov/green/cwp/vi...8,q,461471.asp
Washington D.C. is the first large US city to mandate that any new buildings, over 50,000 ft² built are 'green' buildings.
"The District is poised to become the first major city in the country to require that private developers build environmentally friendly projects that incorporate energy-saving measures."~ Washington Post, 2006. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...111501624.html and it was passed- http://www.ecmag.com/index.cfm?fa=ar...articleID=6951
For $40 a year you get a years use of a bicycle at ten different locations in Washington D.C. (update-it's now growing to 100 stations and 1000 bicycles, in D.C.) The programs only recently started in D.C, but in Barcelona it's already grown to 400 stations and 6000 bicycles. I'm sure a lot of people will like it, but it's going to be difficult to wean me off of my mountain-bike!
D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Tues, April 21st, 2009~
"a pledge to increase the District's tree cover. Today, 34.8 percent of the city is under a canopy of trees, officials said. Fenty (D) wants to make it 40 percent."~ Washington Post