The city of Rancho Mirage is inviting the public to City Hall today to view what a ton of carbon dioxide looks like.
The carbon dioxide — a gas regarded as a key factor in climate change –will be rendered as a black balloon more than 30 feet tall.
Like all California cities, Rancho Mirage is required by law to reduce its emissions by 2020 to 1990 levels. At today’s City Council meeting, a proposal to form a Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Energy to study alternatives to the current electrical utilities will be considered.
Alternatives may include creating a municipal electric utility as an alternative to Southern California Edison or a “community choice aggregator,” enabling a city to provide electricity to customers from solar or wind power, Almy said.
“Alternative or green energy sources create fewer emissions than fossil fuels and may, therefore, help the city reach its goal and legal mandate of reducing emissions by 2020,” she said.