San Antonio's out-going mayor Phil Hardberger, the force behind the city's sustainability plan Mission Verde, gathered up a few council colleagues to help urge Congressman Charlie Gonzalez to get tough on the climate.
“We have an unprecedented opportunity to put San Antonians to work in new green jobs â?? building wind turbines, installing solar panels, weatherizing homes, and laying a smarter electric grid that will power our new energy economy,” wrote Harderberger with the backing chorus of SA councilmembers Justin Rodriguez, Jennifer Ramos, Lourdes Galvan, and Phillip Cortez in a letter dated May 6.
The cadre adds the weight of local elected leadership to an ongoing campaign working to ensure San Antonio's representative in Congress (serving on the influential House Committee on Energy & Commerce) pushes for binding commitments to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions quickly while transitioning the economy into a more sustainable direction.
Contentious hearings over a discussion draft of the American Clean Energy & Security Act have been playing out for the past weeks and seasoned climate activists and less experienced local residents have taken every opportunity to deliver their message to Gonzalez.
The letter delivers three main thrusts:
1. The Act represents 297,000 national jobs
2. It promises 14.6 billion in energy savings to Texans
3. And, there is, after all, the bugaboo of global warming breathing down our collective neck
What would you have added, were the pen in the other hand? (Hint: that little square top right will make it legible.)
Given what we've learned about the pace and scale of global warming in recent months, the only question I have is, where were the other council members?
Where were Clamp, Cisneros, McNeil, Herrera, Cibrian, and Rowe?
I mean, one or two of them may even still be on the council next month. And those that aren't may want our vote again down the line. We'll see about that.