The Council also agreed have the City Manager write a letter in support of an exemption from emission regulations for cruise ships (if I heard right) so they can continue to spew pollution into our “pristine” air. I am dismayed that our leaders here in Council and elsewhere, do not support cleaner air and a less polluted planet.
As mentioned at the meeting, Tote converted two of its diesel-powered ships to cleaner-burning liquefied natural gas. This will significantly reduce sulfur emissions by 95% and achieve significant reductions in particulate matter including nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide. The ships will exceed regulatory compliance for the remainder of their service lives.
We should demand that the cruise ships do the same not only for our health, but for our children, grand-children, and the planet. I applaud Tote’s leadership to implement clean-air programs like this.