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File #: 2014-0362    Version: 1
Type: Will of Council Status: Passed Finally
File created: 4/22/2014 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment date: 4/22/2014 Enactment #: 233
Effective date:    
Title: NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the City of Pittsburgh calls for elected officials at the state and federal level to work with Pittsburgh to join together to repair America's infrastructure systems in order to create family-sustaining jobs, ensure our families and communities are safe, healthy and prepared for climate change, and to address climate change. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Will of Council shall be circulated to Senators Casey and Toomey, Congressman Doyle, and Mayor Peduto.
Sponsors: Dan Gilman
Attachments: 1. 2014-0362.docx
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WHEREAS, our infrastructure is the foundation upon which our country stands-it is the backbone of our economy-and we are collectively responsible for securing and preserving it; and,

WHEREAS, fixing our broken infrastructure will create jobs, increase efficiencies, address climate change, and make our communities safer, healthier, and more secure; and,

WHEREAS, for generations, Americans have worked together to build these fundamental systems of roads, transit, pipes, electrical lines, communication systems, and public buildings-like our schools and libraries-and now we must work together again to repair them; and,

WHEREAS, human activity is directly contributing to the rapidly-changing climate and putting additional stress on these vital systems and we need to take action now; and,

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania is the third-largest contributor to climate change in the country; and,

WHEREAS, the American Society of Civil Engineers has given America's infrastructure systems a “D+” grade overall, and efforts to repair these basic systems will create economic opportunity, save money and reduce carbon pollution; and,

WHEREAS, 42 percent of America's major urban highways remain congested, costing the economy an estimated $101 billion in wasted time and fuel annually, earning our roads and bridges “D” and “C+” grades respectively; and,

WHEREAS, failing to increase investment in our roads and bridges would cost American families an extra $1,060 per year through lower wages and increased costs, and cost the American economy 877,000 jobs; and,

WHEREAS, our nation's water infrastructure, some of which is more than a century old, is bursting at the seams with an estimated 745 to 850 water main breaks every day in the U.S.; and,

WHEREAS, increasing adoption of smart grid technologies-computer-based, automated systems for the delivery of electricity-in our energy system has led to additional investment in recent years and will significantly reduce...

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