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The Silver City Town Council decided to stick their heads in the sand last night, voting down a resolution in support of the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement (you can view the resolution here). Gary Clauss was the only councilor to vote for the measure, though Mayor James Marshall presented it and sounded as though he supported it.

The council’s vote came the same day the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said 2006 was the hottest on record, and that we’re partly to blame:

The statement came in a release that said 2006 was the warmest year for the 48 contiguous states since regular temperature records began in 1895. It surpassed the previous champion, 1998, a year heated up by a powerful episode of the periodic warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean by El Niño. Last year, another El Niño developed, but this time a long-term warming trend from human activities was said to be involved as well.

“A contributing factor to the unusually warm temperatures throughout 2006 also is the long-term warming trend, which has been linked to increases in greenhouse gases,” the release said, emphasizing that the relative contributions of El Niño and the human influence were not known.

Incidentally, this was the first official word from the NOAA that humans are contributing to warmer temperatures.

Meanwhile, the Silver City Town Council couldn’t adopt a non-binding resolution
saying the same thing, and, gasp, encouraging things like walking and biking and the use of alternative fuels.

More in today’s Silver City Daily Press.

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