Mayor Nutter Vows Climate Action

Joins with mayors of Los Angeles and Houston.

Mayor Nutter today announced he’s joining the mayors of Los Angeles and Houston to bypass Congress and set climate change policies in their respective cities.

Emergency Management reports:

Under the plan, the mayors will commit to set or renew aggressive targets for their cities’ greenhouse gas reductions, develop new standards to track and report pollution sources at least once a year, and draft or update climate action plans with specific strategies to control global warming and adapt to its effects.

The mayors will also pledge to identify and develop new emissions-offset projects that could be incorporated into existing carbon markets, such as California’s cap-and-trade program. Projects could include urban forestry, the destruction of ozone-depleting substances and the capture of heat-trapping gases from landfills.

The three will also try to recruit other mayors for the effort, the report said.