Resolution Supporting the President's Carbon Emissions Reduction Goals
WHEREAS, the White House has announced a U.S. carbon emissions reduction target of 26-28% from 2005 levels by 2025 as the primary American contribution to international efforts to counter the threat of climate change; and
WHEREAS, this represents an ambitious but achievable and economically realistic goal; and
WHEREAS, this announcement quantifies this Administration’s 2014 announcement of cooperation with China in bringing greenhouse gas emissions under control, and will help to leverage further commitments from other nations to cooperate in addressing this global crisis; and
WHEREAS, the recent National Climate Assessment reports that current evidence of climate change appears in every region and impacts are currently visible in every state, and concludes that the evidence of human-induced climate change is compelling and continues to be reinforced; and
WHEREAS, while some impact from climate change is inevitable, sharp reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions will reduce the severity of the impacts and limit the rate of climate change; and
WHEREAS, effective action to address the ongoing threat of climate change is an established priority policy issue of Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO), and appropriate action steps are needed at the global, national, state, and local levels; and
WHEREAS, other local leadership organizations, such as the National League of Cities, have made similar determinations of the need for urgent action to address the threat of human-induced climate change;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) supports immediate and ongoing action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DMO supports the President’s announced goal of 28% reduction in U.S. emissions from 2005 levels by 2025 as an achievable and economically realistic target; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DMO encourages our local leaders and their communities to continuing pursuing vital local initiatives to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, including but not limited to the following:
--Programs to assist and incentivize energy efficiency in residential, commercial, industrial, and government buildings.
--Replacement of inefficient vehicles with more energy-efficient models and the deployment of low-emission alternative vehicles as part of local fleets.
--Implementation of local programs encouraging and assisting renewable energy development such as rooftop solar systems.
--Expansion of energy-efficient public transit, active transportation, and other transportation alternatives to the single-occupant commuter vehicle.
--Sound urban planning to reduce air emissions by encouraging central city redevelopment, transit-oriented development, mixed-use walkable development, and other more compact and energy-efficient patterns.