Las Cruces Council To Consider Climate Change Measure

Jul 7, 2014

The Las Cruces City Council will consider a proposed resolution that would urge Congress to pass legislation promoting reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the council is scheduled to take up the proposal Monday.

The measure states Las Cruces has a track record of acknowledging climate change and taking steps to counter it, such as the city's sustainability action plan.

It also states urgent action is needed since further delay only increases the risks to water supplies and boosts the frequency of severe weather.

The measure also supports reducing the nation's carbon emissions to 10 percent of 1990 levels by 2050 and backs a proposal by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall that calls for a quarter of all electricity to come from renewable sources by 2025.

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