Resolution on U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement Accountability

Whereas, in 2005, the United States Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement was created to encourage cities to reduce carbon emissions.

Whereas, the announcement of the Agreement says “supporting mayors pledge to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012” the levels included in the Kyoto Protocol.

Whereas, emissions in the United States were 7 percent higher in 2009 than 1990.

Whereas, only nine states achieved the carbon reductions called for in the Kyoto Protocol.

Whereas, major cities, including Seattle which initiated the Climate Protection Agreement, have failed to meet the Kyoto targets.

Whereas, more than 1,000 cities across the country signed the agreement.

Whereas, the Agreement calls upon cities to “Inventory global warming emissions in City operations and in the community.

Whereas, the Agreement says the cities’ ability to meet the targets will indicate that the United States should commit itself to significant carbon emissions reductions.

Be it resolved that the cities within the state of ______which are signatories to the US Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement:

  1. Provide evidence by the end of 2012 whether they have achieved the goals outlined in the Agreement, or if they failed to do so.
  2. Report the results to the US Conference of Mayors for compilation in a final assessment of the results of the Agreement.
  3. Cities that have failed to achieve the target will remove themselves as signatories to the Climate Protection Agreement.

Approved by the ALEC Board of Directors on July 2012.

Keyword Tags: Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Environmental Health