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US mayors mull plan for cities to use only renewable energy

US mayors mull plan for cities to use only renewable energy

Among those closely watching the proposals coming out of the Trump administration and Congress in recent weeks are the nation's mayors.

While making the switch would come with a high upfront cost (officials estimate Miami Beach would have to buy at least $24 million of solar panels to generate enough energy), three us cities have already made the transition.

US mayors meeting in Florida are urging bipartisan, local leadership at a time when many are pushing back against Trump administration policies on climate change and immigration. The current president, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, is a Republican. On those issues, mayors highlight local actions and investment, but are asking the federal government for more resources and cooperation. Cornett said the mayors try to maintain bipartisanship and unity on issues such as community block development grants, which he warned the Trump administration not to eliminate.

Garcetti also announced the appointment of three new co-chairs to the Climate Mayors group - Marty Walsh of Boston, Sylvester Turner of Houston and Madeline Rogero of Knoxville, Tennessee. In Miami Beach, where this weekend's meetings are being held, that's not just a theoretical concern. Dozens of city mayors from around the world - including Washington, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo and Sydney - today called on G20 leaders to stick to their commitments on tackling climate change.

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Mayor Carolyn Goodman of Las Vegas opened her remarks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors by saying, "The bottles of water in your rooms - they're $10". And we're also putting in natural boundaries and mangroves to finish it off properly.

As the US Conference of Mayors wrapped up in Miami Beach on Monday, leaders from more than 250 cities voted on symbolic resolutions pushing back against Donald Trump on climate change and immigration. Miami Beach, he says, is a wealthy city with some $50 billion of real estate assets to protect. Other cities including Los Angeles and Denver are studying pathways to 100 percent clean energy. "We could use more of that in state and national government". And it's tough to kind of have to convince them when the evidence is right there when you go to these towns.

"I think most mayors in America don't think we have to wait for a president" whose beliefs on climate change are disconnected from science, New Orleans mayor and new conference president Mitch Landrieu said at the beginning of the conference.

MITCH LANDRIEU: You're going to see a new governing model emerging in this country. The mayors conference brought mayors from across the country together to urge Americans to move past what they say is WashingtonÕs stalled partisan gridlock and instead, look locally for leadership that governs with vision and delivers results.


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