July 14, 2008
Supporting Full and Dedicated Funding of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program calls on Congress and the Administration to appropriate full funding at the authorized level for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, while supporting higher authorization levels in future years. It also encourages Congress and the Administration to establish a dedicated funding mechanism for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.
Endorsing 30% Residential Efficiency Improvement in 2009 International Energy Conservation Code endorses the full adoption of the 30% Solution at the ICC’s Final Action Hearings this September in Minneapolis and encourages eligible code officials to attend these hearings and to vote in favor of the adoption of the 30% Solution.
Support of the Energy Conservation through Trees Act recognizes the invaluable role of urban forests to the protection of public health and reduction of harmful greenhouse gases and urges Congress to approve and fund H.R. 5867, the Energy Conservation through Trees Act.
Supporting the Development of Solar Energy calls upon the Congress to adequately fund the programs related to the U.S. Department of Energy’s, Solar America Initiative and its Solar America Cities and also calls upon the Congress to extend the Solar Investment Tax Credit.
High-Carbon Fuels supports federal legislation that prohibits government use of unconventional or synthetic fuels, such as tar sands, liquid coal, and oil shale, with lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions greater than fuel produced from conventional oil sources. It also encourages the use of life cycle analyses that evaluate the greenhouse gas emissions from the production including extraction, refining, and transportation—of fuels, including unconventional and synthetic fuels.
Tax Reform to Promote Renewable Energy Production, Energy Efficiency and Green Federal Tax Code supports the "greening" of our tax code by passing tax reform that provides preferences to technologies and investments that reduce the emission of dangerous greenhouse gases, while eliminating or reducing those tax preferences that result in such emissions. It also calls on Congress to adopt legislation that would increase production of renewable electricity by making permanent and expanding the renewable energy production tax credit, the solar energy and fuel cell investment tax credit, the residential energy-efficient property credit; in addition to authorizing new clean renewable energy bonds public power providers and electric cooperatives.
Supporting the Development of a "Green" Economy calls upon Congress to extend the Wind Production Tax Credit, Solar Investment Tax Credit, and the Energy Efficiency Tax Credit as soon as possible so that 117,000 jobs in that sector can be secured in 2009. It also calls upon Congress to fund the programs passed in the Green Jobs Act to their full authorization level for FY 2009.
Support of Renewable Energy Tax Incentives urges Congress to approve legislation that offers a five-year extension of renewable energy tax credits, currently set to expire on December 31, 2008, to enable expedited activities that advance renewable energy projects, help fight climate change, and promote domestic jobs. It also calls upon Congress to work with local leaders to ensure that Clean Renewable Energy Bond program modifications are made to benefit public sector applicants on a more equitable basis.
Metro Economies Green Initiative: Supporting Emerging Models of Excellence encourages Congress, through consideration of legislation addressing global climate change, to authorize programs within the Department of Housing and Urban Development to target designated funding resources to metro communities meeting certain criteria to enable these communities to undertake model green industry economic and workforce development programs of excellence; and that, among such programs, the U.S. Conference of Mayors will support federal efforts to authorize and fund the following initiatives: Metro Area Green Zones; The Metro Area Green Institute; Mini-Metro Green Grants; Alternative Green Academies.
Full Portfolio Necessary for Meeting Climate Change Challenge supports ambitious exploration of a full portfolio approach to achieving targeted reduction levels, while maintaining an affordable and reliable electricity supply that is key to the nation’s economic prosperity. It urges aggressive federal incentives and substantial public and private research and development spending needed to stimulate the technology development necessary to achieve the greenhouse gas reductions contemplated. It also urges that federal financial incentives to promote development and deployment of zero- or low-emitting generation technologies and energy efficiency must be made available to all types of electric utilities. Furthermore, tax-exempt community owned electric power utilities should be able to receive incentives comparable to those available to taxable entities; and urges Congress to pass legislation to establish a workable regulatory framework for geological sequestration of CO2.
City Priorities for a Cap and Trade System creates a market for carbon through development of a fair and flexible national cap and trade system, supports a hard cap on greenhouse gas emissions that results in real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the scientific consensus, or 80 percent reduction below 1990 levels by 2050. It opposes the inclusion of a "safety valve" provision, and instead supports alternative flexibility measures to help control costs, such as the use of offsets, supports an economy-wide cap, including upstream regulation of natural gas and transportation fuels in the recommended scope for a cap and trade system and supports an accelerated schedule toward full auctioning of those emission allowances going to regulated entities. It also supports using revenues generated by a cap and trade program to recognize the important role that local governments play in climate protection by channeling some portion of funds generated directly to local governments in support of continued and expanded efforts to reduce emissions, including, but not limited to full funding of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program; investment in economic and workforce development strategies that help to build an inclusive green economy which provides pathways into prosperity and expanded opportunity, particularly for low-income communities; clean energy, transit and alternative transportation infrastructure; low income assistance; and adaptation.
Climate Change Adaptation and Vulnerability Assessments urges Congress to pass climate change adaptation legislation that provides incentives to state and local governments to begin exploring the growing risks from climate change, conduct climate vulnerability assessments that identify the most important climate risks for a particular area or population, identify the response options and ways to implement them. It urges the federal government to develop methods and tools for studying climate change impacts on communities and integrating this information into state, regional, and local adaptation planning efforts.