Michael Bloomberg Visiting San Antonio to Discuss Climate Action Plan

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Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and current special envoy to the United Nations, will be in town Friday to discuss San Antonio's efforts to address climate change, according to an announcement by Mayor Ron Nirenberg's office.

Bloomberg, whom UN Secretary-General António Guterres in March appointed as Special Envoy for Climate Action, will meet with Nirenberg Friday afternoon before a joint press conference at 3 p.m. at the Plaza de Armas Gallery downtown.

Nirenberg and Bloomberg, who served as New York's mayor from 2002 to 2013, will make "a special announcement" on San Antonio's forthcoming Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, the announcement states.

San Antonio's climate plan, a collaboration among the City, CPS Energy, Navigant Consulting, and University of Texas at San Antonio, has been in the works since December 2017.

It seeks to address both the causes and effects of rapid global warming in San Antonio, where average temperatures have climbed 2.4 degrees since the 1880s. Scientists predict temperatures will continue to rise enough to lead to up to four straight months per year of 100-degree-plus days by the end of this century.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg formally signs the resolution in support of the Paris Agreement as San Antonio leaders stand behind him.

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Mayor Ron Nirenberg signs the resolution in support of the Paris Agreement in June 2017.

One of Nirenberg's first policy moves after taking the mayor's seat in 2017 was to pledge to keep San Antonio's global warming greenhouse gas emissions within the bounds of the Paris Accord, an international agreement to curb the worst effects of climate change.

Since then, roughly 90 people from across the community have been meeting regularly to discuss how best to meet these goals and adapt to higher temperatures, more intense droughts, and more severe storms.

Nirenberg did not immediately respond to a call and text late Wednesday morning.

A draft version of San Antonio's plan is expected to be released Jan. 25.

New York released its climate plan in line with the Paris Accord in September 2017. It seeks to reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, largely by requiring large buildings to use less energy and cutting down the number of private vehicles on the road.

While Bloomberg is in San Antonio, he also will be participating in an event with gun-control advocates. He will appear at the Liberty Bar on South Alamo Street with volunteers for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, to discuss efforts to prevent gun violence in Texas.

15 thoughts on “Michael Bloomberg Visiting San Antonio to Discuss Climate Action Plan

  1. When Bloom figures out how to plug a volcano, I’ll pay attention.

    On a serious note, we do have to be good stewards, but at what point do humans matter more than a fish? I disagree with Blom on what that point is.

  2. The population in 1880 was 20,000; today it is 1.5 million. Would an increase in temperature not be expected from 70x growth that brought paved roads, buildings galore, transformed dirt lots into buildings and parking areas of concrete and blacktop, and such changes as an international airport and military facilities with hundreds of flights a day each with a carbon footprint equal to more than a thousand cars?

    Automobiles contribute only 14% of carbon emissions to the atmosphere. If you want SA back at 1880 levels, remove the growth and the people. How about comparing temperature increases at places less affected by growth, say at Bigfoot, or Mercedes?

    This is a bunch of hogwash. I imagine in the not distant future, if Nirenberg has his way and certainly he will, we will have our own Yellow Jackets, just like in Paris who are revolting against carbon caps.

    • Your post makes no sense – our temperature measurements come from global gauges not just local ones. It is growing warmer on average across the planet. San Antonio isn’t just reducing vehicle emissions, we’re reducing nearly all greenhouse gases.

      Consider that it’s 50/50 the consensus of climate scientists is wrong – do you really think the consequences of extra cost to industry is worse than the planetary consequences of climate change?

    • Who’s disagreeing with you? At this point, we just should all agree that reducing carbon footprints is all we’re about.
      Of course, the population of growth and accompanying infrastructures are the source primarily, but that’s not saying we should rid ourselves of them either.
      So how we do that are good questions but don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.

  3. Mayor Nirenberg’s climate action plan is clear. The city and county have increased their commitment to suburban sprawl, auto dependency, and fossil fuels. The policy on renewable energy is go slow, while the coal burner is extended for another 30 years. Subsidize the suburbs, gentrify the core, and make sure the banks, developers, and car dealers are happy. We have minimal action on public transportation, no meaningful action on cycle tracks, and nothing I know of on local food. They talk about affordable housing and put pictures of bicycles in the promotional brochures. I’m sure the two mayors will have lots of ideas to share.

  4. Time to wake up and smell the coffee! Climate change caused by a warmer planet is real, the impact is global, and it’s happening now. We owe it to future generations to try to soften that impact as well as figuring out how to live with the inevitable, sometimes dramatic, changes that many of us will witness in our lifetimes. I’m 65 and a retired naval officer, and I didn’t successfully serve my country by sticking my head in the sand and ignoring inconvenient facts. I applaud Mayor Nirenberg’s stance on climate change and look forward to reading the San Antonio Plan.

  5. I’m 68 and a native San Antonian. I remember clearly having snow days when everyone stayed home from school & work, and ice storms that left trees & homes covered with beautiful icicles, nearly every winter in my youth. I went to unairconditioned schools till maybe high school, but the temperature was still reasonably comfortable during the early fall & late spring then. Not anymore. Yes, climate change is a reality.

  6. The Climate Action Plan will only make this hot, impoverished city a better place to live. The climate map showing the coming temperatures for this city looks awful, will bring down property values, and if this man who is worth 53 billion dollars wants to toss a tiny grant to the city, great! That being said, he might as well it’s where he makes his money, his investments include oil and fracking.
    A couple of things not mentioned is that there is a support from people of all political stripes and persuasions by pressuring the city hall to meet the very important goals of the Paris Accord, which by the way is even supported by Exxon Mobil. This is no radical effort by any means it is bare minimum.

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