76th Annual  Meeting
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
76th Annual Meeting
June 20-24, 2008
Miami

2008 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS

HIGH-CARBON FUELS

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors has previously adopted strong policy resolutions calling for cities, communities, and the federal government to take actions to reduce global warming pollution; and

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors has declared that climate change could have severe economic and environmental impacts on U.S. cities in the coming decades; and

WHEREAS, the production and burning of conventional fuel such as gasoline, and diesel by motor vehicles, contributes to air pollution, and increased carbon dioxide emissions that have been linked to global climate change; and

WHEREAS, the health of the planet, including its oceans, wild lands, rivers, air, and climate, faces increasing threats from our continued dependence on fossil fuels; and

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors has previously adopted strong resolutions to encourage clean, renewable energy sources and discourage our dependence on fossil fuels; and

WHEREAS, the production of fuels derived from unconventionalsources, such as tar sands, liquid coal, and oil shale, emitseven greater amounts of global warming pollution thanconventional petroleum sources; and

WHEREAS, the production of tar sands oil from Canada emitsapproximately three times the carbon dioxide pollution perbarrel as does conventional oil production and significantlydamages Canada’s Boreal forest ecosystem--the world’s largest carbon storehouse; and

WHEREAS, the continued production and purchase of these higher-carbon unconventional or synthetic fuels slows the United States’ transition to clean, renewable energy sources,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference ofMayors encourages the use of life cycle analyses that evaluatethe greenhouse gas emissions from the production—including extraction, refining, and transportation—of fuels, including unconventional and synthetic fuels; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the creation of clear Federal and State guidelines for tracking the origin of various types of fuel in order to facilitate life cycle analysis; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors encourages mayors to track and reduce the lifecycle carbon dioxide emissions from their municipal vehicles by preventing or discontinuing the purchase of higher-carbon unconventional or synthetic fuels for these vehicles.