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Why Councilman Greig Smith Thinks Villaraigosa's Carbon Surcharge is a Scam

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At yesterday's L.A City Council meeting, Northwest Valley Councilman Greig Smith stood up, raised his voice and let it be known why he would never vote to raise electricity rates via Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's carbon surcharge plan. "The proposal has been hyped as a way to wean the City off of the use of coal-powered electricity, but it does nothing to reduce coal for the first five years," he wrote today in an open letter to the community.

"I have a strong and consistent record of supporting sustainable and clean alternative energy and green technology in Los Angeles, including solar power," he continues. "I have personally installed a solar power system and made extensive energy saving improvements to my home. I have consistently supported green technologies and renewable energy."

That may be true, but Smith last summer also controversially admitted he was breaking the law by watering his lawn when it was illegal to do so. His contention was that the watering laws were turning his constituents' lawns brown.