Select Committee on Climate

Establish Council select committee to develop coordinated, comprehensive policies for GHG emission reduction

The incredible importance of climate change for the Council and the City (and the world) justify the creation now of a select committee, chaired, if possible, by the Council President. A select committee will underscore the central priority the Council and the City give to addressing climate change. Having at least 4 different council committees (Transport/Utilities, Housing/Finance, Land Use and Sustainability) addressing pieces of a comprehensive strategy, establishing priorities and bringing them separately to the full council will be very difficult for the public to track and is unlikely to produce a coherent set of priorities. Regular committees would still have a role in the initial review of executive recommendations and the development of committee recommendations for consideration by the select committee. Seattle should be a national model.