“It’s not quite as easy as we thought.”
The Daily Camera reports,
Whether the city should revamp its approach to addressing climate change — including whether to extend an expiring tax to pay for related programs — is among the questions facing the Boulder City Council this week.
City leaders are scheduled to hold a study session Tuesday night to discuss the city’s “Energy Future” project to start a municipal utility, the future of the city’s climate-related goals and a possible extension of the Climate Action Plan tax.
According to a recent city document, a newly formed multi-department team will “begin an evaluation and planning process that will engage the Boulder community around a vision for future (greenhouse gas) emissions reductions.”
The effort is being called “CAP 2.0.”
The project is expected to create goals for the next phase of the city’s Climate Action Plan, including how the plan fits in with the city’s efforts to start a municipal electric utility.
“It’s a very critical time of deciding what we want our future to look like,” said Sarah Huntley, a city spokeswoman.
The city in 2002 adopted the Kyoto Protocol, which calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. Now that 2012 has arrived, the city still needs to cut the equivalent of about 521,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide to meet its goal.
“It’s not quite as easy as we thought,” Huntley said… [Emphasis added]