The U.S. Conference of Mayors
2007 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS
ENERGY

SUPPORTING THE CREATION OF AN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT BLOCK GRANT

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors has previously adopted strong policy resolutions for cities, communities, and the federal government to take actions to reduce fossil fuel consumption and global warming pollution; and

WHEREAS, the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the international community's most respected assemblage of scientists, has found that climate disruption is real and that human activities are largely responsible for increasing concentrations of global warming pollution; and

WHEREAS, over 500 mayors have signed The U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, pledging their commitment to reducing their communities greenhouse gas emissions by 7 percent from their 1990 levels;

WHEREAS, the nation has faced unprecedented energy challenges, including rapidly escalating energy costs and critical choices about energy resources that will affect the nation's future economic well-being and security; and

WHEREAS, many cities have been implementing innovative strategies at the local level including increasing energy efficiency for public and private buildings, encouraging energy independence through the use of alternative energy sources, switching their fleets to alternative fuels and more fuel efficient vehicles; and building alternative infrastructure to encourage their citizens to utilize other forms of greener transportation; and

WHEREAS, local governments have also implemented programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions through reutilization of resources, reduction of energy consumption, and improving the environment through waste reduction and recycling programs, encouraging waste-toenergy technology, and capturing methane in landfills; and

WHEREAS, many local governments have worked cooperatively with the private sector to implement innovative energy-saving and environmental strategies that have resulted in energy and cost savings while improving the environment; and

WHEREAS, Mayors throughout the nation have been educating their constituents on these issues and through leading by example have positively influenced change in their citizens behavior and practices;

WHEREAS, the Conference of Mayors has held two national Energy and Environment Summits that have highlighted these types of innovative programs that Mayors and their local governments have been implementing that have resulted in the reduction of energy use, lower energy costs, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and overall improving the environment; and

WHEREAS, many of these programs could be expanded or replicated throughout the country, thereby resulting in nationwide reductions in energy use which will increase our nation's energy independence and competitiveness while improving our national and global environment; and

WHEREAS, many cities have not been able to expand or implement the full range of these types of programs due to budgetary constraints; and

WHEREAS, the federal government, by supporting these types of local activities, would demonstrate its commitment to help solve some of the most important issues facing the nation - energy independence, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improving the environment; and

WHEREAS, the Conference of Mayors has previously called for the creation of an Energy and Environmental Block Grant program that would provide money directly to city, county and state governments to implement innovative energy saving and environmental strategies;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors calls on Congress and the Administration to create an Energy and Environmental Block Grant at the Department of Energy, modeled after the very successful Community Development Block Grant program; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Energy and Environment Block Grant program would provide direct funding to city, county and state governments for purposes of funding innovative energy saving strategies that reduce energy consumption, promote alternative energy sources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the environment; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors encourages Congress to authorize and appropriate the Energy and Environment Block Grant starting at $4 billion annually.

2007 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Tom Cochran, Executive Director
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