Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Conference: US mayors may shape national climate policy

Conference: US mayors may shape national climate policy

The spotlight shined hot on climate change Friday as the U.S. Conference of Mayors convened in Miami Beach, with leaders of the nation's cities saying they must take the lead on environmental efforts in the face of federal retreat.

Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans has stated that most mayors in the country are quite in agreement with the idea that they must fight climate change on their own.

The conference supported the Paris agreement, and according to preliminary results released Saturday morning from an ongoing nationwide survey, the vast majority of US mayors want to work together and with the private sector to respond to climate change. The group has increased its membership to 331 and an added sense of urgency since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States out of the Paris agreement on June 1.

"But remember, if you sign, you got to seal and deliver", Clinton said.

But GOP-identified mayors from states such as IN and Florida disagreed this weekend on targeting non-criminal immigrants exclusively for being IN the country illegally.

Garcia was announced Friday as the large city victor in the 2017 Mayors' Climate Protection Awards for the Clear Air Action Plan, meant to reduce port-related air pollution and health risks at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles while allowing port development, job creation and economic activity to continue.

"There's near unanimity in this conference that climate change is real and that humans contribute to it".

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However, Tillerson said the proposals provided a basis for dialogue leading to a solution of the crisis. Qatar also said it was reviewing the demands and was preparing an official response.

Directly following the speech, a group of about a dozen mayors - including Levine, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti - signed a climate oath vowing to "intensify efforts to meet each of our cities' current climate goals" and "create a 21st century clean energy economy". "Politics has nearly no influence on science, in case you haven't noticed". Almost 1,400 cities in the country meet this criteria and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.

Clinton said mayors should step up to the plate and be ready to show results.

Rochester Hills Mayor Brian Barnett speaking to WWJ from the conference says their residents trust them to get the job done. "Every one of you has different budgetary constraints, every one of you has different options", he said. "Pittsburgh, the steel city", Clinton said.

Now, cities large and small are purchasing electric vehicles and buses, buying renewable energy when possible, installing solar panels on municipal buildings, redesigning more walkable neighborhoods, and promoting mass transit. "We could use more of that in state and national government".

The conference at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach has drawn 258 mayors, according to organizers.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joined Levine in saying that US cities are taking measures that the federal government should be taking.

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