Both the Committee on Urban Design and Environment(CUDE) and the Energy Commission are requesting that the Mayor and City Council adopt a resolution in support of the Center for Biological Diversity Climate Law Institute request that the EPA use the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon in the atmosphere to no more than 350 parts per million.
I am returning the requests to your committees for more information regarding the requests. If the Mayor and City Council are to make an informed decision on your requests, they should have, at a minimum, the following information:
–What is Rochester’s current carbon dioxide reading and what actions, if any, would be required of the City of Rochester to meet the 350 PPM of carbon dioxide standard?
–Would the adoption of the carbon dioxide standard adversely affect any local businesses?
In fairness, I should mention that I intend to recommend to the Mayor and City Council that they avoid, as much as possible, taking a position on issues of national significance unless the issues have been addressed and endorsed by the national municipal organizations that the City of Rochester is a member of. These national municipal organizations are the National League of Cities and the U. S. Conference of Mayors. As of this writing, I do not know if these national municipal organizations have addressed the Center for Biological Diversity Climate Law Institute recommendations but I will attempt to find out if they have done so. The Mayor and City Council did recently affirmed the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which contains provisions related to greenhouse gas emission reductions.