Mayor Pushes Climate Change Plan in 'Vision Speech'

Mayor Nirenberg was promoting his controversial climate action plan in a speech today outlining his vision for his second term before the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

"We must prepare our city for the impact of a a rapidly changing climate," the Mayor said, pointing out that the Pentagon has declared a changing climate to be a national security issue.

"Joint Base San Antonio was listed among our nation's key installations that are vulnerable to the effects," he said.

Nirenberg stressed that his climate plan, which is expected to go before Council this fall, is a 'starting point' and a 'roadmap.'

"It is not a set of mandates," he said.

Nirenberg stressed that other priorities for the coming two years include transportation, workforce development, and providing needed infrastructure development to underserved parts of the city.

The Mayor urged the business leaders in the North Chamber to support the Alamo Promise Program, an initiative to allow students to attend Alamo Colleges campuses tuition-free.

He also vowed to oppose any further payment of bonuses to the very well compensated CEOs of SAWS and CPS Energy, saying 'bonuses for our utilities' executives must end!'

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