Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed a Traffic Congestion tax as a means of limiting cars coming into New York City. In addition to being a tax upon the working class, it is also counter productive. His pol pals who endorsed the tax at a recent news conference have yet to review their own efforts of improving traffic congestion and the environment.
Bloomberg, Christine Quinn and Adolfo Carrion are all chauffeured in luxury suvs. The effect of these vehicles on the environment has long been established. Several administrations ago, Sam Schwartz, now known as "Gridlock Sam" was transportation commissioner. Schwartz rode his bicycle to work. That was before the environmental movement and Bloomberg's blimp mobiles.
Sam knew the value of conservation before it became popular. Perhaps all should take a lesson from his wisdom.
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EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway)
Automatic: : 15 mpg / 20 mpg
Range in Miles: (City/Highway)
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Bloomberg Takes SUV Motorcade to Green Car Event
It's not easy going green.
Just ask New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He arrived at a green car initiative on Thursday at the American Museum of Natural History in a small motorcade of fuel-guzzling sport utility vehicles. After the event, the mayor told Reuters part of his trip was by subway.
"We drove here from 86th Street," Bloomberg said, indicating his motorcade. Nice try Mike!
NY resistant to congestion charge By Matthew Wells for BBC News Online in New York
More than half of New York City's politicians are urging mayor Mike Bloomberg to rule out any attempt to bring in London-style congestion charge. The plea from city council members based in the two biggest commuter boroughs - Brooklyn and Queens - is based entirely on a recent retail survey by the London Chamber of Commerce. Just under half of the UK capital's respondents said the £5 ($8) congestion charge had hurt their business, with over a quarter saying that they were considering relocating outside the zone.
Three-quarters of the businesses surveyed, added that the charge had not led to improved productivity -indicating that less congested roads don't necessarily lead to more efficient trade. The negative impact cited by the chamber of commerce, was gratefully received on this side of the Atlantic, by politicians who are anxious to stop a fiscally-challenged mayor from imposing more tolls and taxes on their voters.
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