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Record No: Res 31696    Version: Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Adopted
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
Final Action: 10/7/2016
Title: A RESOLUTION expressing the need to accelerate the transition of the City's transportation sector away from oil and increase the use of electricity for transportation by adopting a goal to cut oil use for transportation by half by 2035; endorsing the Mayor's Drive Clean Seattle initiative; setting a goal that 30 percent of vehicles in the City will be electric by 2030; and establishing requirements for the Executive to report on initial actions to support these goals.
Sponsors: Mike O'Brien
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Presentation (8/16/16), 3. Proposed Amendment
CITY OF SEATTLE
RESOLUTION __________________
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A RESOLUTION expressing the need to accelerate the transition of the City's transportation sector away from oil and increase the use of electricity for transportation by adopting a goal to cut oil use for transportation by half by 2035; endorsing the Mayor's Drive Clean Seattle initiative; setting a goal that 30 percent of vehicles in the City will be electric by 2030; and establishing requirements for the Executive to report on initial actions to support these goals.
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WHEREAS, transportation in Seattle, and across the globe, is overwhelmingly fueled by oil, and the pollution from burning oil is known to be harmful to human health and a leading contributor to climate change, in addition to costing drivers billions of dollars in fuel costs; and
WHEREAS, The City of Seattle has adopted a Climate Action Plan to become a carbon-neutral city by 2050 and transportation-related pollution contributes two-thirds of the City's core greenhouse gas emissions and is the largest contributor to U.S. emissions; and
WHEREAS, dependence on oil to fuel America's transportation needs drains money from communities, exposes the U.S. economy to volatile global markets, puts national security at risk, and accelerates the dangers of global warming; and
WHEREAS, the Union of Concerned Scientists has identified a realistic plan ("Half the Oil") to transition from petroleum and halve U.S. oil use by 2035 to reduce pollution, create jobs in sustainable transportation, and save money; and
WHEREAS, by accelerating the shift in transportation fuel from oil to Seattle City Light's carbon-neutral electricity, we are building on the strong environmental legacy of Seattle City Light, the nation's greenest utility; and
WHEREAS, a sustainable transportation system is one that seeks to dramatically cut oil use through efficiency, innovation, and investment in clean transportation solutions; and
WHEREAS, transportation electrification may include...

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