Fresh off enacting a new law that would extract higher taxes from companies who pay their CEOs more than what Portland politicians consider to be equitable and fair, Portland City Council is now set to issue yet another mandate; this one will require homeowners in the city who wish to sell "their" property to purchase a "home energy audit" - at a cost of between $200 and $300, by their estimate. The "Home Energy Score" would be required to be submitted to the city, and furnished to any prospective home buyer.
Portland's system will be the first in the country to require the scores and report as soon as a home is listed for sale, Jacob said.
A Home Energy Score, akin to a miles-per-gallon sticker on cars for sale, will alert buyers what to expect in home energy bills, and it's hoped, spur improvements that cut down on energy use and carbon emissions.
"If we're going to be serious about avoiding the catastrophic effects of climate change, we have to move more things faster," said Mayor Charlie Hales, who championed the policy and made it part of his "bucket list" before he leaves office at year end. "A thousand things add up, and this is one of them," Hales said.
Yes, Portland can Save The Planet™ by requiring homeowners to buy what they're peddling.
Here's a better idea: let's mandate that everyone on Portland City Council, as well as those planning to run for office, take an I.Q. test and publish the result in the voter's pamphlet; akin to a miles-per-gallon sticker on cars, they will alert voters what to expect in institutional idiocy, saving them money and hopefully cutting down on energy use and carbon emissions.
Streetcar, after all, just got back from his latest international jaunt - this one to Cancun, Mexico - to talk about Fighting Climate Change. Given the amount of jetting around he's done in the past four years, we stand to save a lot of emissions once he's out of here.
Speaking of Portland's self-claimed Green& Sustainable prowess: all light rail lines and streetcars were halted at various times yesterday, due to ice on electric lines and in one case, a high-voltage transmission line falling onto tracks and trapping 75 to 100 people aboard for several hours.
Amazingly enough, other places seem able to avoid these sorts of issues. Portland's just special.