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Sanders Joins Nationwide Effort to Combat Global Warming

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Aired 4/19/09

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders joined 320 other mayor’s across the country when he signed an agreement to combat global warming. The U.S. Conference of Mayors has adopted resolutions calling for cities and the federal government to reduce global warming pollution. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

The U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement urges cities to follow the Kyoto Protocols. Those protocols call for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The federal government has refused to endorse them. Sanders says, the city already has policies that promote energy efficiency and use of alternative energy.

Sanders: The agreement asks us to increase the use of clean, alternative energy, recover landfill gas for energy production and support the use of waste-to-energy technology. We’re doing all of those.

Sanders says San Diego has significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions through changes in energy and water conservation and waste disposal.  But he says the city needs to do more to meet the Climate Protection Agreement goal of 15 percent. Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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