SAN ANTONIO (KTSA NEWS) – The San Antonio City Council today got a look at the proposed Climate Action and Adaptation Plan which outlines several steps toward reaching a coal of carbon neutrality by 2050. It addresses transportation and drastically reducing gas emissions.
“We are at a critical point in our history and the time for acting is now and I’m confident we’re moving in the right direction,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg.
He says the plan is needed to improve public health and help the city deal with the affects of climate change.
“These are not scare tactics. This isn’t a stats game,” he told his colleagues after the presentation of the plan. Nirenberg says climate change is a reality “and San Antonians cannot afford for us to do nothing.”
The city council will have public meetings and hearings before voting on the plan in October, but Councilman John Courage says more time is needed to address several questions, including how the various aspects of the plan will be implemented.
“What mechanism will be employed to monitor and track the successful implementation of all of our efforts?” Courage asked.
He also wants to know what it’s going to cost.
“What may be the cost to the city of San Antonio, but more importantly, what may be the potential cost to the individual economies of the citizens of San Antonio?” Courage questioned.
He noted that in order to get the support of the community, these and several other questions need to be answered. Courage says he’s willing to wait six months or a year to vote on a plan that will affect area residents for the next 30 years.