Montgomery County Council Passes ‘Emergency Climate Mobilization’ Resolution
Establishes goal of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2035
The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday continued its push for aggressive environmental standards—both in the county and elsewhere.
The council unanimously passed an “emergency climate mobilization” resolution that calls for jurisdictions including the federal and state governments, as well as all other local governments, to join Montgomery County to try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2027 and 100 percent by 2035.
The resolution calls on other governments and the county “to use all available powers and resources” to reach the goal. It instructs the county executive, the local school system, and the parks and planning department to advise the council on methods they plan to use to meet the goal.
“The climate is changing,” Council member George Leventhal said. “It’s changing around our eyes. This resolution speaks to local actions. It speaks to goals we should adhere to in our community.”
Council member Marc Elrich said the county should adopt more aggressive standards to deal with climate change.
“I know this is not the easiest lift in the world, but I think it’s a lift that we can make and I think it’s a lift we have to do,” Elrich said.
The county has passed similar environmental resolutions. Earlier this year, the council passed a resolution reaffirming its commitment to the goals of the Paris Climate Accord after President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the accord.
In 2008, the council passed a bill establishing greenhouse reduction goals that called for the county to reduce greenhouse emissions to 80 percent of 2005 levels by 2050.