Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

EENR Committee Addresses Energy Policy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Proposed Changes to Policy Will Be Re-Examined by Full Committee at Congress of Cities and Exposition

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

EENR Committee Addresses Energy Policy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Proposed Changes to Policy Will Be Re-Examined by Full Committee at Congress of Cities and Exposition

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Energy issues dominated much of the fall meeting of the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR) steering committee in Phoenix, resulting in a number of policy initiatives.

The committee, chaired by Councilmember Dena Mossar of Palo Alto, Calif., is calling for a slight but significant reorganization of the EENR chapter in the National Municipal Policy.

The proposed changes include moving existing language on climate change to a more prominent position, and promoting the use of all energy sources by removing outdated references to "conventional" and "alternative" sources. The goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions was added to several sections, while new language would promote a number of tax incentives related to energy efficiency.

Related to emissions, the committee also considered Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, and recommends asking for an expansion of the number and classes of vehicles that are subject to regulation.

Outside of energy, the committee discussed federal land sales, prompted by an Administration proposal for a large-scale sale to fund a rural schools program. That proposal was widely criticized by many sectors of the public earlier this year and now appears to be dead. …

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