Sun Valley Joins Climate Change Fight

The city seeks to promote transportation options such as bicycle trails and incentives for carpooling and public transit.

Published: 26-Jan-2007

Sun Valley Mayor Jon Thorson is picking up where the federal government left off, adopting resolutions aimed at battling climate change through viable and realistic means.

"We need to do our part. We need to stand up and be counted, and this is a good starting point," Thorson said.

The pact is called the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and was unanimously endorsed by the City Council on Jan. 18. The agreement mirrors the Kyoto Protocol, the international accord designed to address climate change. The Kyoto Protocol became law on Feb. 16, 2005, for the 141 countries that ratified it. The U.S. symbolically signed the protocol, but neither ratified nor withdrew from the pact. As far as the U.S. is concerned, this stalemate effectively nullifies the protocol.

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