Letter: UN General Assembly should due its part on the environment

Empty Subway Train in New York
Empty Subway Train in New York
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To the Editor,

Those attending the United Nations General Assembly could have led by example when it comes to global warming and climate change. Hundreds of heads of state, ambassadors, military attaches and security personnel could have given up limousines taking them to and from their embassy, hotel or residency to the U.N. 

These motorcades contributed to traffic gridlock and increased air pollution. They could have joined several million New Yorkers by riding the subway or bus. Enjoy some fresh air and walk several blocks from any nearby subway or bus stop down 42nd Street to the U.N. Mingle with ordinary citizens to develop a better understanding of America and its people. 

If congestion pricing kicks in next year, they should not be exempt. This includes any police, FBI or other law enforcement escorts whose vehicles should be billed to whomever they are assigned to protect.

Larry Penner

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