Metro Council Passes Resolution Adopting Target of 80 Percent Reduction in Annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions from 2014 Levels by 2050


Nashville Metro Council passed a resolution establishing a target of an 80 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from 2014 levels by 2050.

Metro Council approved the resolution at its last meeting on Tuesday and Mayor John Cooper added his stamp of approval the following day.

The goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions is part of Cooper’s Sustainability Advisory Committee Report on the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County’s Climate Change Mitigation Action Plan that was issued in 2021. The report recommends that Davidson adhere to the Paris Climate agreement goal of limiting average global temperature rise to no higher than 2ºC “above preindustrial levels.”

President Trump famously withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, which came about under President Obama. One of the first acts taken by the Biden administration was to rejoin the agreement.

RS2022-1358, a “resolution adopting a Metropolitan Government community-wide target of an 80% reduction in annual greenhouse gas emissions from 2014 levels by 2050.” It was sponsored by council members Zach Young, Tonya Hancock, Russ Bradford, Burkley Allen, Freddie OConnell, Ginny Welsch, and Emily Benedict.

The resolution states:

WHEREAS, in the absence of significant actions, Nashville and Davidson County may face myriad climate risks, including an increased number of intense storms and tornadoes, more frequent flooding and extreme heat days per year, and adverse effects from the economic and social disruptions resulting from climate change local and globally; and

WHEREAS, climate-related risks present equivalent opportunities to foster innovation and creativity that can enhance community livability, equity, and economic development; and

WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, including the Metropolitan Council, Metro boards and commissions, and community partners have taken action to commit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including passage of legislation; and

WHEREAS, in December 2019, Mayor John Cooper joined 474 other U.S. mayors in signing onto the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, making their communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change, and providing access to sustainable energy; and

WHEREAS, Nashville’s participation in the Global Covenant of Mayors requires ambitious local climate and energy action and a transition to a low-emission and resilient urban environment to benefit public and environmental health and to lay the foundation for a prosperous economy; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee Report on Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Climate Change Mitigation Action, and prior sustainability reports, recommend adoption of a Metro government and community-wide target of an 80% reduction in annual greenhouse gas emissions from 2014 levels by 2050; and

WHEREAS, between 2014 and 2017, Nashville achieved a 9.8% reduction in annual greenhouse gas emissions; and

WHEREAS, beginning in January 2022, the Metropolitan Government will update its annual greenhouse gas emissions for Metro and the community for calendar year 2019, providing another datapoint that can indicate continued progress towards this goal, enabling recurring efforts to measure Metro and community greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis and to make this information available to the public.

The resolution ends with the statement that Metro Council goes on record adopting the 80 percent reduction of annual greenhouse gas emissions from 2014 levels by 2050.

This comes after the January 5 vote by Metro Council to eliminate emissions testing in Davidson County. The EPA determined that the removal of testing is consistent with the Clean Air Act and authorized localities in Tennessee to end testing. The emissions testing program in Davidson County officially ends on Friday.

Other cities in the United States have set goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2021, San Diego, California created a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania also set a goal of reducing emissions by 50 percent by 2030.

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Aaron Gulbransen is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Metro Council Meeting” by Metro Nashville Network.





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7 Thoughts to “Metro Council Passes Resolution Adopting Target of 80 Percent Reduction in Annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions from 2014 Levels by 2050”

  1. Traditional thinker

    This is not about emissions, it’s about creating another excuse to steal more tax payer money that will be wasted on more offices and personel who get paid for stupidity.

  2. jamesb

    stupid. no one can plan that far ahead especially in this crazy world we have at present. stupid

  3. Nashville Deplorable

    I’ll be gone by 2050. Thank goodness

  4. 83ragtop50

    I vote for lowering the “nonsense emissions” created by the empty-headed hot air coming out of the council and mayor.

  5. Wolf Woman

    Nashville sits in the bottom of a bowl that used to be an inland sea and has a rim of high hills (the Highland Rim) surrounding it. So in times of low winds and inverted air layers, we have pollution problems, both natural and man-made.

    But I’m sure the esteemed Council and Hiz Honor are taking the geologic facts of our location into consideration and can miraculously bring Nashville in line with the socialists diktats of the World Economic Forum, whose members constantly fly around the world in their private jets.

  6. nicky wicks

    making nashville another eastern outpost of commiefornia bit by bit. thanks Chicken Coop and other commies!

  7. Kevin

    Is little Johnny Cooper going to ride on city buses instead of in his big old gas guzzling Chevy SUV? How about all of the other hundreds of Metro bureaucrats that have City paid for fossil fuel burning behemoths? How about giving them all electric scooters?

    We’re witnessing the death throes of a failed ideology! Every day working folk have been awakened by the Left going too far with their BS. Watch closely the run up to the 2022 elections. The Left will be trying their darndest to portray everything as coming up roses (or to blame Trump for anything bad). When in reality Americans are waking up and realizing that the Democrats leftist policies are killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.