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San Antonio approves climate action and adaptation plan

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — The San Antonio city council voted 10 to 1 to adopt the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan during the Thursday council meeting.

The plan seeks to make the City of San Antonio carbon neutral by 2050 and develop ways to mitigate the damage the government expects climate change to cause.

Specifically, the plan seeks to increase the production of carbon-free energy, reduce building and transportation energy consumption, and promote recycling and biodiversity.

It has been significantly revised since its first presentation earlier in the year.

“Today, we took a huge step forward by passing the City of San Antonio Climate Action and Adaptation Plan,” councilwoman Melissa Cabello Havrda said in a statement after the vote. “However, the passage of this plan is not the end of our work on climate action – it is just the beginning. The Climate Action and Adaptation Plan is a roadmap for our city as we explore the multitude of strategies identified in this plan.”

“I give my whole-hearted support to the CAAP and urge that it be used as a base of information and activity toward an all-inclusive plan of action,” councilwoman Shirley Gonzales stated. “I urge that we be honest with ourselves about the changes that we must make in order for this to be successful, if we’re serious about the impact that we have on climate.”

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