05 Apr '11, 12pm

The missing piece of Obama’s energy security plan: cities

The missing piece of Obama’s energy security plan: cities

Dude, you forgot the cities -- like Denver. I had plenty of complaints about Obama's big energy security speech last week -- see here and here . Most of them centered on his crassly political decision to put supply-side solutions first, despite the fact that supply is a red herring; all the serious solutions are demand-based. There's one complaint I didn't say much about, which I wanted to amplify: In the speech and in the accompanying materials, short shrift is given to land-use change, urban density, and transit. For a gentle version of that critique, here's urbanist champion Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.): I would suggest that we add a fifth element to this plan, which is support for livable communities that combine smart transportation alternatives, land use and design to keep communities resilient and reduce the impact of high gas prices. The Obama administration’s ver...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-04-05-the-missing-piece-...

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