Glendale On Climate Change
September 30, 2017
It seems you'll be able to add Glendale to the growing list of cities worldwide that are throwing their support behind new climate change initiatives. That should come as little surprise to residents of the fine homes and luxury apartments around Glendale, as the city has a past of delving into sustainability policies, and an ideology that greatly prioritizes creating a cleaner, healthier world for future generations. Over the summer, the L.A. Times reported that:
"...the Glendale City Council adopted a resolution to join other cities nationwide in expressing the Jewel City’s support of the United Nations’ Paris Agreement, which deals with efforts to mitigate greenhouse-gas emissions."
What does it all mean? Let's take a closer look at what the resolution is about, and what some residents are saying about the move.
According to the L.A. Times report:
"In a unanimous vote, local council members will join the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, an initiative founded in 2014 by mayors of Los Angeles, Houston and Philadelphia to take local action on climate change."
What is the "Mayors National Climate Agenda," precisely? A look at the organization's website reveals a few details. The MNCAA was founded by current Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, along with former Houston Mayor Annise Parker and former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. The organization was founded in 2014, and currently represents 379 cities in the United States. That amounts to 67.8 million citizens, or roughly 20% of the total population of the country.
Their goal is to unite mayors across the United States in "working together to strengthen local efforts for reducing greenhouse gas emissions," along with "supporting efforts for binding federal and global-level policymaking." To that end, they've backed initiatives like the Electric Vehicle Request For Information, designed to advance the market for zero-emissions vehicles:
"In January 2017, the City of Los Angeles released an Electric Vehicle Request for Information (EV RFI) with 30 other cities in efforts to aggregate municipal demand of electric vehicles across the United States."
One of the group's main focuses as of late, however, has been a stated commitment to abiding by the emissions goals set forth in the Paris Agreement On Climate Change. The group received $1 million in funding from the Clinton Global Initiative that went toward bolstering the coalition of mayors' attempts to organize various cities ahead of the signing of the Paris Agreement back in 2015.
If you'll recall, on June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced intentions to withdraw The United States from the Paris Climate Accord, while remaining open to "renegotiating aspects of the agreement" should the opportunity arise. As noted by CNN, the process will take some time to complete:
"In triggering the official withdrawal procedures, Trump has sparked a lengthy process that won't conclude until November 2020—the same month he's up for reelection, ensuring the issue becomes a major topic of debate in the next presidential contest."
The MNCAA has taken issue with The President's action, issuing a sharply-worded statement:
"The President’s denial of global warming is getting a cold reception from America’s cities...as 379 US Mayors representing 67.8 million Americans, we will adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement."
The resolution adopted by the Glendale City Council signals a move for the city to endorse the intentions of the Paris Agreement, even though there is "no formal way for cities to sign onto the U.N. climate accord." As a part of entering the MNCAA, the city will now commit to a "number of efforts" designed to combat climate change, which, according to the L.A. Times, include:
"...calling for emission reductions at the federal level, developing or updating a local climate action plan and regularly reporting a municipal inventory of greenhouse gases."
They go on to state that the move would probably spark a renewal of expired Greener Glendale Plan, which sought to "promote sustainable living through eco-friendly programs and projects." An updated version of the plan might be presented to the City Council as early as 2018 for consideration. Beyond that, the Mayor Of Glendale, Vartar Gharpetian, pledged that "Glendale is also working on 100% reliance on renewable energy by 2045 and moving away from the use of fossil fuels."
It's obvious that the City Of Glendale is going "all-in" on becoming more sustainable and environmentally friendly. What do residents think of the move, though? While not representative of the whole of the city, at least two citizens took the time to respond to the City Council's move.
Daniel Brotman, an Adjunct Professor Of Economics at Glendale Community College wrote in support of the move:
"I look forward to working with the council on next steps, including a serious Climate Action Plan that includes a commitment to move to 100% renewable energy by no later than 2035..."
Bob Taylor, another Glendale resident, had a different view:
"Fortunately, the council’s action means little in terms of national policy. The Obama administration had unilaterally agreed to the accord without the approval of Congress."
Taylor added that he feels humankind is the largest driver of greenhouse emissions and environmental degradation, and a different approach would be better suited to tackling the problem:
"Instead of so-called cap-and trade policies and agreements that do little except add to the burden of American taxpayers, consideration ought to be given to controlling immigration."
Regardless of where individuals fall in their opinions on the move, it's clear the City Council believes that their choice was sound, and future city policies will likely be influenced by this big step.
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