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There is no doubt that climate change and land use are intrinsically linked. Our irresponsible land use decisions have been a key driver for climate change. But shifting to responsible land use policies and practices while adopting clean renewable energy sources can ensure that we are able to seriously address climate change.
We are working to ensure communities across Iowa draft and adopt comprehensive climate action plans that focus on: equitably reducing greenhouse gas emissions, include carbon draw down strategies and responsibly focus on mitigation. These plans should include short, intermediate and long term goals as well as specific time tables. They should be tied to responsible zoning and land use and other policies that will help to meet the goals laid out in the plan.
In addition, we support efforts to expand renewable energy in Iowa, including expanding solar usage, protecting tax credits and net metering and opposing efforts to reduce the expansion of solar and other renewable sources.