Conservatives can ridicule Al Gore and his Oscar-winning documentary all they want, but the fact is even in conservative
"People all over the world, we need to solve the climate crisis, it’s not a political issue, it’s a moral issue,” Gore said last night. “We have everything we need to get started, with the possible exception of the will to act, that’s a renewable resource, let’s renew it."
Councilmembers Keith Bohr and Debbie Cook brought forth the proposal to endorse the agreement at last week’s city council meeting.
Communities who sign are agreeing to these goals:
Strive to meet or beat the Kyoto Protocol targets in their own communities, through actions ranging from anti-sprawl land-use policies to urban forest restoration projects to public information campaigns;
Urge their state governments, and the federal government, to enact policies and programs to meet or beat the greenhouse gas emission reduction target suggested for the United States in the Kyoto Protocol -- 7% reduction from 1990 levels by 2012; and
Urge the U.S. Congress to pass the bipartisan greenhouse gas reduction legislation, which would establish a national emission trading system
“Climate change is the ultimate tragedy of the commons,” said Cook. “We can’t afford to ignore it any longer.” Cook believes that technology can’t solve all the problems. “Everybody has to participate in solving the problem. The hardest thing to change is people’s behaviors and values,” she said.
Cook says that a lot of what we can do locally in
Also with California adopting stronger requirements for reducing greenhouse gases, stricter emission standards and the governor’s plan for putting more than 7 million alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles on the road by 2020, Cook believes our city needs to be ready for tougher standards in the near future.
“We need to find out what we can do voluntarily before these mandates come down,” she said.
This comes as California,
“This [agreement] sets the stage for a regional cap and trade program, which will provide a powerful framework for developing a national cap and trade program," said Governor Schwarzenegger, in a press release. "This agreement shows the power of states to lead our nation addressing climate change."