Hats Off to Tulsa
Photo courtesy of Tulsa Chamber of Commerce
With Mayor Kathy Taylor's signature, on May 15 Tulsa, Oklahoma, became the 500th city to sign the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement to reduce global warming pollution. The goal is to slash local carbon dioxide emissions to seven percent below 1990 levels by 2012. There are now "Cool Cities" in all 50 states, representing nearly 65 million Americans. Tulsa is the second city in the Sooner State to sign the Mayors Agreement; the city of Norman signed the pledge in 2005. The Sierra Club is actively pushing other cities in the state to follow suit, but Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says he will not sign the agreement because he does not believe the science on global warming is solid. Susie Shields, a Sierra Club leader in Oklahoma City, says signing the pact should be a "no-brainer" because it would save the city money. Read more about what the Sierra Club is doing to promote clean energy.