Cocoa Beach, FL Urging Development of a State Global Warming Action Plan
Status: Adopted on 6/7/01
RESOLUTION NO. 2001 -15
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA, URGING FLORIDA'S GOVERNOR AND CABINET TO INSTRUCT THE RELEVANT AGENCIES TO DEVELOP A FLORIDA GLOBAL WARMING ACTION PLAN; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Whereas, there is increasingly convincing scientific evidence that global warming is occurring and is caused by the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation; and
Whereas, greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere are at the highest level in 400,000 years, and the ten hottest years on record have occurred since 1980; and
Whereas, 79 percent of Florida's rapidly increasing population live in coastal counties extremely vulnerable to sea-level rise; and
Whereas, sea-level rise is happening now and may double in speed as a result of global warming; and
Whereas, Florida's economy and quality of life are highly dependent on tourism, recreation, and agriculture and, as a result, will be significantly affected by coral reef damage, drought and wildfire, severe storms, and other impacts of global warming; and
Whereas, adopting common sense energy efficiency and renewable energy measures will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, thereby benefiting communities by saving money, protecting local environments, and creating jobs; and
Whereas, delay in taking action will expose Florida's citizens to unnecessary costs and risks; and
Whereas, twenty-five other states have or are developing global warming action plans to protect their citizens and identify cost-effective options that reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Commission of the City of Cocoa Beach, Florida:
SECTION 1. That the City Commission of the City of Cocoa Beach, Florida does hereby request and urge Florida's Governor and Cabinet to instruct the relevant agencies to develop a Florida Global Warming Action Plan that (1) sets specific greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and is an integral component of a comprehensive clean energy plan for Florida, and (2)identifies strategies to minimize the risks posed by sea-level rise and other global warming effects.
SECTION 2. That the United States government should provide international leadership in negotiating refinements to the Kyoto Protocol rules that ensure the treaty will be environmentally effective, fair, and enforceable by committing to substantial reductions in domestic greenhouse gas emissions.
SECTION 3. That our local elected officials should endorse the Earth Day 2000 Clean Energy Agenda which calls for clean air, clean power, clean cars, and clean investments through a nationwide transition to energy efficiency and renewable energy.
SECTION 4. That this resolution shall become effective immediately upon adoption by the City Commission of the City of Cocoa Beach, Florida.