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From: domainremoved <mmmsean_at_>
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2020 22:27:01 +0000 (UTC)

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Dear City Council Members,
Thank you for declaring a Climate Emergency last month and supporting the Environmental Quality Commission recommendation to adopt a new reduction target of carbon-neutral (zero emissions) by 2030! I agree with prioritizing climate action in 2020 by formally adopting this goal and taking action to advance it.

We need bold local climate leadership now more than ever as our federal government falters on this issue. Menlo Park is already feeling the impacts of climate change with more intense heat waves, increased fire danger and smoke, and rising sea levels that will bring serious flooding.

Thank you for your leadership so far on climate action with measures to prioritize clean energy, avoid fossil fuels in new construction, and support electric vehicles. In 2020 your climate leadership is critically needed with the following essential commitments in the City workplan:

  * Develop and adopt a Climate Action Plan that Achieves the Environmental Quality Commission recommended goal to be carbon neutral by 2030.
  * Demonstrate the City’s commitment on climate with a Green City initiative to phase out fossil fuel vehicles in the city’s fleet and fossil fuels used in all city buildings for heating or appliances, and install battery energy storage to improve resilience.
  * Reduce traffic and pollution by increasing allowable housing density in the downtown plan, so that more housing, with a focus on affordable housing, can be built near transit and services.
  * Explore measures to replace fossil fuels used in homes and buildings.

Please move quickly and decisively on these actions. We are all depending on you.

M Miller
Received on Wed Jan 29 2020 - 14:30:38 PST

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