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Letters | BOSTON AIMS TO CHART BUILDINGS’ ENERGY USE

Menino’s proposal is step in right direction

Perhaps Lawrence Harmon should read up on climate change before criticizing Mayor Menino’s proposal to require building owners to collect data on their energy use (“Labeling plan isn’t worth the energy,” Op-ed, March 16). He might discover that things are not looking good and that business as usual is a recipe for disaster.

Buildings consume nearly half the energy produced in the United States and are major greenhouse gas contributors. I think the mayor’s plan would shame owners of the worst-performing buildings to upgrade to more efficient equipment.

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This would not only benefit the environment and the buildings’ tenants; it would probably also benefit the owners in the long run. Energy-efficient buildings should be easier to rent and easier to sell.

The mayor's plan is a step in the right direction.

Peter Kane

Westwood

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