El Paso Climate Charter – Prop K
El Paso Climate Charter – Prop K – VOTE YES!
Vote Yes on Prop K to pass the El Paso CLimate Charter
Ground Game Texas, in collaboration with Sunrise El Paso, and many other nonprofits, community groups, and local residents, has collected nearly 39,000 signatures so El Paso can adopt a CLIMATE CHARTER. Your “YES” vote will create jobs, protect our air/water/land, will encourage the use of renewable energy (solar power, battery storage, geothermal, wind), and implement green building techniques that will save our city money on a daily basis. The election for the El Paso Climate Charter will be held on May 6, 2023. Early Voting is from April 26th – May 2nd.
Click on the link below to read our response to the El Paso Chamber of Commerce & Hispanic Chamber of Commerce misinformation study. Learn about the facts of the Climate Charter and the many benefits our City and residents will receive by developing a 21st Century economy!
- Let the Sunshine In: Cleaning Up After the El Paso Chamber’s Misinformation Campaign – By Shelby Ruff
- Press Release – Let the Sunshine In – By Eco El Paso
- Spanish Version – Hágase la luz: limpieza tras la campaña de desinformación de la Cámara de El Paso
- Opinion Piece – Response to El Paso Times Article – By Jesse Sanchez
- Opinion Piece – Response to El Paso Times Article & Texas Land Commissioner – By Laurie Marshall
A recent study by top scholars at the University of Texas:
What does the El Paso Climate Charter say?
CLICK HERE to read the Climate Charter.
What is it about?
The El Paso Climate Charter is an ambitious, first-of-its-kind climate justice project which would establish a Green New Deal program in our border community of El Paso, Texas. It proposes to amend our city’s “charter” — the main governing document of the city — by establishing a climate department to tackle the climate crisis in our community.
After collecting 39,000 signatures from registered El Paso voters, the election to pass the El Paso Climate Charter, which will create jobs, protect our land/water/air, and encourage solar power and other renewable energy resources in El Paso, will be held on May 6, 2023.
The purpose of the Climate Charter / Prop K is to accomplish three goals of paramount importance:
- First, reduce the City’s contribution to climate change.
- Second, invest in an environmentally sustainable future.
- Third, advance the cause of climate justice.
Based on the great success of these plans across existing major cities in Texas and most big cities across the country, we aim to improve the quality of life for everyone in El Paso. This will be an “initiated charter amendment” to update the El Paso city charter. The charter amendment will adopt a comprehensive climate policy, with specific elements including:
Prop K Will:
- Create sustainable high paying public and private jobs that protect laborers and the planet.
- Bring new businesses and industries to our city, while growing those that exist today.
- Reduce the city’s operating costs by using clean energy.
- Save taxpayers money.
- Reduce global climate change.
- Create climate mitigation plans.
- Promote climate justice.
- Protect our environment and sustain our ecosystem.
- Allow farmers to thrive in drought-stricken geography.
- Conserve our water for the people and reduce the billions of gallons of water misused by the fossil fuel industry and power plants.
- Create educational opportunities that don’t exist today.
- It will help reduce the brain drain of talent from leaving our city for these jobs in other markets who have made this investment and created 100% decarbonization goals like in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas.
- Create a more resilient city that is a tourist destination for the world.
RREAC (Regional Renewable Energy Advisory Council):
The City of El Paso created RREAC, thanks to the request by Board Members of Eco El Paso in a City Council Meeting in 2016. Since then, 2 significant plans were created by members of the community representing every District in El Paso. These plans were created, presented to City Council and the City Manager, and were purposely neglected and put on a shelf. These plans laid the groundwork for the Climate Charter. Here they are:
Research, Facts, Articles, and Important Data:
- What Climate Change Means For Texas
- Office of the Texas State Climatologist – Assessment of Historic & Future Trends of Extreeme Weather in Texas, 1900-2036
- It’s Not a Border Crisis. It’s a Climate Crisis
- 7 Ways Climate Change Is Already Hitting Texas
- “It’s not a river”: the Rio Grande goes dry in Big Bend, revealing a river system in crisis
- The Economic Impact of Renewable Energy and Energy Storage in Rural Texas
- Texas ranchers, activists and local officials are bracing for megadroughts brought by climate change
- El Paso’s RREAC – Regional Renewable Energy Advisory Council
- Why El Paso continues to see little population growth
- El Paso’s Bad Spending Habit – Great Wolf land swap hurts city and ratepayers, largest El Paso land developer says
- Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) – U.S. Solar Market Insight
- SEIA – Texas Solar Facts
- SEIA – State Solar Spotlight – Texas
- SEIA – Solar Market Insight Report 2022 Year in Review
- Texas – Rankings: Total Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2019 (million metric tons)
- Hurricane Harvey: Texas At Risk
- Texas: 14 tornadoes confirmed in Tuesday’s storms, ranging from EF-0 to EF-2
- The Economic Impact of Renewable Energy and Energy Storage in Rural Texas
- PSB: El Paso Water utility seeks $441 million in additional revenue bonds; issues drought emergency
- Solar Is Now 33% Cheaper Than Gas Power in US, Guggenheim Says
- How Texas’ power grid failed in 2021 — and who’s responsible for preventing a repeat
- Clean Energy Boom – THE 101,036 (AND COUNTING) NEW CLEAN ENERGY JOBS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES
- Inflation Reduction Act has spurred 100,000 new green jobs so far: Here’s where they are:
Climate Change Research:
- Drastic climate action is the best course for economic growth, new study finds
- How US Cities are finding creative ways to fund climate progress
- The Top 5 Ways Cities Are Addressing Climate Change
- How States and Cities Can Benefit From Climate Investments in the Inflation Reduction Act
- Chicago – 2022 Climate Action Plan
- The co-benefits of climate action – Accelerating city-level ambition
- UN – Cities: a ’cause of and solution to’ climate change
- UN chief promotes ‘enormous’ benefits of greener cities
- 5 Priorities for Cities After COP26
- Environmental, Health, and Equity Co-benefits in Urban Climate Action Plans: A Descriptive Analysis for 27 C40 Member Cities
- 1.5°C Cities: The what, why and how of urban climate leadership
- The CURB Tool: Climate Action for Urban Sustainability
- Benefits of Urban Climate Action
Phone bank or text bank for the El Paso Climate Charter:
El Paso has a huge opportunity to pass monumental climate legislation on May 6th, when El Pasoans will vote yes or no on the El Paso Climate Charter. The Climate Charter would expand the city’s ability to implement climate policy at a local level and implement innovative policies right now & it’s one of the most ambitious and sweeping pieces of local climate policy anywhere in the country. Join Sunrise El Paso in calling voters in El Paso every Wednesday until May 6!
Early voting April 24 – May 2.
Election Day May 6, 2023.
✅ Have you made a plan to vote?
✅ Have you decided which day and time you’ll vote?
✅ Know how you’re getting to the polls?
✅ Who are you bringing with you to vote?
☀️ Find your early voting location – April 24 to May 2 – CLICK HERE
☀️ Find your election day voting location – May 6, 2023 – CLICK HERE
Am I registered to vote in this Election?
Every currently registered voter in the city of El Paso is eligible to vote in the May 6 election. Not sure if you’re registered to vote? We can help you check and register to vote if you’re eligible.
The deadline to register to vote in the May 6 election is April 6, 2023.
What do I need to bring to the Polls?
In order to vote in person or to return your mail-in ballot in person in Texas, you’ll need an acceptable form of photo ID, current or expired less than 4 years.
- Texas Driver’s License / ID card
- Texas election ID
- Texas handgun license
- US military ID with photo
- US citizenship certificate with photo
- US passport
I don’t have any of those forms of ID. Can I still vote?
Yes. If your ID is expired by *more than four years*, or if you don’t possess one of the 7 acceptable forms of photo ID, you are still eligible to vote, but you’ll need to fill out a form called a “reasonable impediment form”. Contact the El Paso County voter registrar for more information firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (915) 546-2154.