Do you think forming a climate action plan should be a council priority?

During Monday night's city council meeting, San Marcos Mayor John Thomaides gave a presentation on the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Climate Action Agreement, which he signed on to earlier this year.

As part of the agreement, city council will be looking for ways to cut greenhouse gas, or GHG, emissions and adopt more environmentally friendly policies. Thomaides suggested that the city develop a climate action plan to measure GHG emissions, set goals for GHG emission reductions and learn best practices to meet those goals.

The mayor pointed out that developing a climate action plan would be consistent with many of the city’s goals, such as improving public health, diversifying energy resources and conserving resources.

The city does have a contract with the Lower Colorado River Authority, which limits how much power the city can get from other sources. The contract, which will be in effect for approximately the next 21 years, allows the city to take up to 35 percent of its electricity load from other sources. Currently, the city purchases 15 percent of its load from Calpine, a  natural gas and geothermal energy company.

No, the city needs to prioritize resources toward other city goals.
63% (35 votes)
Yes, environmentally friendly policies aligns with other city goals.
38% (21 votes)
Total votes: 56

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