Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)
6/1/2006 5:00:00 PM
Mayor Moves to Hybrid Car
Traditional town car benched in favor of
more enviro-friendly ride
SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels today traded in his traditional town car for a fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle.
The change is one small step in the mayor’s effort to draw attention to the problem of global warming and to make Seattle a leader in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
“Everyone is going to need to make some changes if we are going to make a difference in dealing with climate disruption,” Nickels said. “That includes me. One car that pollutes less is a start, but working together as a community to address this threat will have a significant effect.”
Last year, Nickels challenged mayors across the country to join with Seattle in pledging to meet or beat the goals of the Kyoto Protocols. Today, 238 cities have signed on to the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.
Since the 1970s, Seattle mayors have used limos or town cars. Going almost 100 miles a day on average, the car is the mayor’s second office as he travels around the city to community events and meetings.
But as the threat of global warming has become clear, Seattle has started to take steps to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. In March, the mayor received the recommendations of his Green Ribbon Commission on how Seattle can reduce global warming pollution by 7 percent below 1990 levels.
A Toyota Highlander Hybrid gets 31 miles to the gallon compared to 17 miles to the gallon for the mayor’s current car, a leased 2006 Cadillac DTS. Hybrid technology also reduces the amount of pollution the car produces.
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