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Portland on CO2 Claims: Whoops!

Leonard Gilroy
August 7, 2005, 10:01am

The City of Portland, OR released a report in June which claimed that carbon dioxide emissions in Portland and Multnomah County have dropped below 1990 levels, the first time a major U.S. urban area has shown such a decrease. The City trumpted these claims loudly and received a great deal of media attention (see here, for example). But not so fast...our friends at the Cascade Policy Institute investigated the issue and forced the city to admit a fairly large error: The City's letter admitting the error is here, and Cascade's analysis of the report is here. Given the fanfare around the original story, I wonder how loudly they'll trumpet this recanting...(crickets...crickets...crickets...)

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform


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