By Emily Rasmussen

San Juan Capistrano City Council passed a resolution on Tuesday, April 17 that addresses climate change and states support in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The resolution supports findings that climate change is happening and that human activities are a key contributor to it and acknowledges that if left unaddressed, the consequences of climate change will adversely impact all Americans, the resolution states.

“The question is no longer whether climate change will affect our lives but rather how bad things will get and how soon it will happen. Avoiding the worst effects depends on how rapidly we can reduce the carbon pollution produced from the burning of coal, oil and gas,” said Larry Kramer, former mayor and member of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

The resolution, brought forth to City Council by Mayor Sergio Farias, was passed 2-1, with Councilwoman Pam Patterson opposed and Councilmembers Brian Maryott and Derek Reeve absent.

Councilwoman Kerry Ferguson was initially opposed to the resolution, but only to two items in the initial resolution that was related to a carbon tax. The City Council amended the resolution to eliminate the carbon tax excerpts from the resolution, and although Patterson said she agreed with Ferguson and opposed the carbon tax, she still voted against the amended resolution.

The resolution states that the city of San Juan Capistrano hereby “urges the County of Orange, the State of California and the Congress and the President of the United States of America to take prompt and effective measures to rapidly address climate change” by promoting reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and associated infrastructure; and that the city will work with any level of government to achieve those goals that will in turn create “safe, sustainable jobs and provide real, clean energy solutions for generations to come.”

“I think this is an issue that shouldn’t be a partisan issue, and I really appreciate the efforts of the local chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby,” Farias said.

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1 at City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto, San Juan Capistrano.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated in Farias’ quote to state “partisan issue,” corrected from “bipartisan issue.” 

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