Berkeley Council puts global warming measure on ballot
By Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News Service
July 19, 2006
BERKELEY (BCN) - The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday
night to place a measure on the November ballot that asks voters
to set an 80 percent greenhouse gas reduction target and direct
the mayor to work with the community to develop a plan to meet
In a statement, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates said, "The science
is absolutely crystal clear on this issue. We have about a decade
to begin making major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions or
we face the prospect of a climate catastrophe."
Bates said, "It is time for the politicians and the people
to catch up to the scientists and make the necessary changes in
policies and behaviors. None of this will be easy, but I firmly
believe Berkeley can lead the way."
Berkeley officials said they believe their city is the first
in the country to place a global warming issue before their voters.
Berkeley officials say the city has been a national leader on
the issue of global warming.
Last year, the city documented a 14 percent reduction in municipal
greenhouse gas emissions and was named the third most sustainable
city in the country.
In addition, Bates spearheaded the recent creation of a countywide
greenhouse gas emissions initiative. That effort got under way
The ballot measure asks, "Should the people of the city
of Berkeley have a goal of an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse
gas emissions by 2050 and advise the mayor to work with the community
to develop a plan for council adoption in 2007, which sets a 10-year
emissions reduction target and identified action by the city and
residents to achieve both the 10-year target and the ultimate
goal of an 80 percent emissions reduction?"
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