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Environmentalists address city council for 2nd time in as many months

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on August 11, 2017 – 12:28 amNo Comment

Environmentalists addressed the Alpena Municipal Council this week, for the second time in as many months.

In addition, council approved a resolution that only supports finding an alternative method and route of transporting crude oil and natural gas other than under the Great Lakes, but also the decommissioning of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac.

Mayor Matt Waligora and council woman Susan Nielsen voted “no.”

A local woman also addressed council for the second time about joining a group of other cities in the United States that believe America should uphold the Paris Climate Agreement.  President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the agreement in early June.

Council members Cindy Johnson and Shawn Sexton said they would sign a resolution of support.  But Waligora and Nielsen both said they question the science behind global warming and need to further research the Paris Agreement before casting a vote either way.

Council man Mike Nowak reminded his peers that council is a non-partisan board, and he believes the Paris Climate Agreement is a partisan issue, to the dismay of some environmentalists in the room.

In the end, council decided to delay a vote on support for the agreement until some members have more time to conduct research.

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