2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting

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WHEREAS, the nation's electricity supply has failed to keep pace with growing energy demand; and

WHEREAS, U. S. energy consumption is projected to increase by more than 32% by 2020; and

WHEREAS, the vitality of the nation's cities is dependent on adequate affordable supplies of energy, coupled with reliable, consistent energy delivery; and

WHEREAS, all functions of the nation's economy rely on our energy infrastructure, and disruptions have a measurable impact on the economy; and

WHEREAS, dramatic fluctuations in the cost of energy, disruptions in supply of energy, increases in demand of energy, and environmental degradation as a result of energy production, all impact the financial security of our nation's cities and our national economy; and

WHEREAS, there are many benefits to reducing energy demand in the nation's cities, including reduced energy bills for households and businesses, and reduced pollution; and

WHEREAS, new technologies are needed to meet the energy challenges facing cities - promoting energy conservation, modernizing our energy infrastructure, and increasing our energy supplies in ways that protect and improve the environment; and

WHEREAS, a diverse portfolio of renewable energy sources is a critical component of a national energy policy,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors encourages the Department of Energy to continue to assess the future of our nation's energy requirements to ensure that federal, State and local energy policies adequately address the future energy needs of the country; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors hereby urges the federal government to work with State and local governments to develop and implement a reliable, equitable, and environmentally responsible energy policy that includes, promoting the most efficient and affordable use of all sources of energy while protecting the environment and protecting the supply of energy by promoting the use of renewable energy sources and alternative fuels; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Conference of Mayors recognizes that it is critically important that its member cities become familiar with the energy needs of their respective communities and regions to effectively plan for their energy future and to be able to respond to their present energy demand; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Energy should work with state and local governments to modernize and expand the nation's energy infrastructure in order to ensure energy supplies can be safely, reliably, and affordably transported to homes and businesses; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the existing aged and inadequate national transmission system should be expanded and enhanced, in partnership with state and local governments, to ensure an adequate and reliable energy supply; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the federal government should increase and diversify our nation's sources of traditional and alternative fuel to provide families with reliable and affordable energy; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Congress should increase funding for research and development to increase the use of renewable energy sources, including, but not limited to, solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass.