Ames targets net-zero emissions by 2050

The Ames City Council wants to see the community its reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 83% by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

At a Climate Action Planning workshop Tuesday, the council voted 5-1 to adopt targets for the entire city, while balancing conflicting public opinion. While some called for aggressive climate action, others demanded that costs don’t fall on residents.

“I think there’s a lot of value in making a stance with a target,” council member Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen said. “It’s motivating to people, so it’s not only signaling but it’s also a rallying cry that can be motivating.

“As to the cost, I’m sensitive to that, too, but, again, the cost of inaction is something we’re not talking about much.”

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