Cambridge, MA In Support of Science-Based Reductions of Our Global Warming Pollution

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Cambridge, MA, US

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Type: Resolution

Status: Adopted on 3/3/08

Source File: http://www.cambridgema.gov/cityClerk/PolicyOrder.cfm?action=search&item_id=21033

Text:

WHEREAS: Global warming poses a serious threat to the economic well-being, public health, natural resources, and the environment of Massachusetts; and

WHEREAS: Global warming will have detrimental effects on some of Massachusetts largest industries, including: agriculture, syrup, tourism, skiing, recreational and commercial fishing, and forestry. It will also increase the strain on electricity supplies necessary to meet the demand for summer air-conditioning in hottest parts of the state; and

WHEREAS: Massachusetts has long been a national and international leader on energy conservation and environmental stewardship efforts, including: air quality protections, energy efficient requirements, renewable energy standards, national resource conservation, and greenhouse gas emission standards for passenger vehicles; and

WHEREAS: Senate Bill 2423 would commit Massachusetts to science-based reductions of our global warming pollution, specifically reductions of 20% below 1990 levels by the year 2020 and 80% by the year 2050; and

WHEREAS: Senate Bill 2423 would also create a Greenhouse Registry & Inventory that would require reporting and verification of statewide greenhouse gas emissions, as well as monitoring and enforcement of limits; and

WHEREAS: This bill would also set up a study commission to investigate siting of residential wind turbines, expand green jobs, encourage construction of green buildings, and incentives for renewable energy sector; now therefore be it

RESOLVED: That the City Council go on record in support of Senate Bill 2423 and urge the Massachusetts Senate to pass this bill; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward a suitably engrossed copy of this resolution to the Cambridge delegation to the Massachusetts Legislature on behalf of the entire City Council.

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