San Francisco Calls for Mobilization of Renewable Energy

A nation-wide rapid mobilization of renewable energy resources is required in the United States, says a resolution adopted Monday by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

SAN FRANCISCO, California, US, 2001-06-14 [SolarAccess.com] A nation-wide rapid mobilization of renewable energy resources is required in the United States, says a resolution adopted Monday by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Aaron Peskin submitted the resolution, which calls for accelerated action to stabilize atmospheric conditions and to fight global warming. Testimony in favour of the resolution was provided by Sierra Club, California Global Warming Campaign and EcoBridge. The resolution urges “nationwide mobilization of renewable energy resources, beyond the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol, to stabilize atmospheric conditions and to mitigate the ecological and economic damage and injury to human life caused by global warming.” It would commit San Francisco to “cooperate with other coastal cities in establishing an ad hoc or permanent association of coastal cities, whose purpose is to favor any city, state or federal legislation protective of coast cities against global warming or any other environmental threat.” Coastal cities are vulnerable to global warming and would be highly motivated to seek solutions to climate change on a national and international stage, according to EcoBridge director Joe Mirabile, who proposed the resolution to Peskin. The San Francisco association is promoting the resolution across the United States, and New Orleans was the first city to pass the resolution on May 17 when it was adopted on a unanimous vote. “Future generations must look back at the current period in time and understand that we did all we could, and as fast as we could, to address climate change and stabilize the atmosphere,” explains Mirabile. “This generation has that opportunity by directing funds from the federal budget surplus, after protecting social security, to renewable energy resources.” “What better use of the tax cut could there be then to lighten the environmental burden of our children and future generations,” he concludes. “This resolution calls for deep and swift cuts in carbon emissions, through a mobilization of renewable resources.” The resolution also supports the goals for auto emissions set by the Clinton Administration, to increase efficiency standards for cars from 27.5 to 45 mpg, and for light trucks from 20.7 to 34 mpg over ten years.
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