An ideological debate over illegal immigrants and global warming spilled out into Orangetown Town Hall Monday.
Republicans Tom Morr, Denis OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Donnell and Denis Troy voted for a resolution condemning the Gov. SpitzerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s plan to give driver licenses to illegal immigrants, arguing the measure would devalue the licenses and could put the public at risk. Supervisor Thom Kleiner and board member Marie Manning abstained. Kleiner said he had not made up his mind on the issue and that law enforcement officials had mixed reviews on the measure.
During the same meeting, Kleiner and Marie Manning, the boardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lone Democrats, supported a resolution to adopt the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which calls on communities and the federal government to take steps to reduce global warming. The GOP voted against it, saying they disagreed with aspects of the resolution. Morr and Kleiner reportedly traded barbs about whether global warming was a human-made condition.
Ultimately, Troy said he did disagreed with the resolution because of its support for the Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement that requires countries to reduce greenhouse gas emission. He thought it would hurt the US in its competition with China.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We just have different philosophies on that,Ã¢â‚¬? he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I believe that Kyoto agreement would be an economic catastrophe.Ã¢â‚¬?
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