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Mayors Climate Protection Agreement
The U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement is a voluntary initiative in which participating mayors commit their cities to taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Signatory mayors adopt the goals of the Kyoto Protocol; namely, to reduce their cities’ greenhouse gas emissions to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. The Mayors Climate Protection Agreement is an initiative of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and was unanimously endorsed by the conference at its annual meeting in June 2005. As of August 2009, 969 mayors from all 50 states; Washington, D.C.; and Puerto Rico had signed the agreement, representing nearly 85 million people. The Mayors Climate Protection Agreement has three main aspects. First, it urges state governments and the federal government to enact programs to meet Kyoto climate change goals, particularly through the development of renewable energy and fuel-efficiency technologies. Second, the initiative calls on Congress to adopt legislation to reduce ...