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US mayors OK plan to use only renewable energy

US mayors OK plan to use only renewable energy

In a joint text distributed to media outlets worldwide and posted online, the "C40" mayors "of the world's great cities" urged leaders from the Group of 20 "on behalf of the hundreds of millions of citizens that we represent.to deliver on your commitments to tackle climate change, one of the world's most pressing issues".

ALLEN: Mayors say they're especially concerned about the health care bill being considered in the Senate. President Donald Trump has proposed zeroing out its funding.

"We've been growing jobs in our cities, making sure our communities are safe", Whaley said, "and we've got to have better partnerships between state, local and the federal governments to keep making that happen".

USA cities administrators have been asked to fill and submit a questionnaire that covers several aspects of the climate change issues. In Miami Beach, where this weekend's meetings are being held, that's not just a theoretical concern.

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"By planting thousands of new trees, transitioning our street lights to energy efficient LEDs, and putting zero emission buses on our streets, Long Beach will continue to lead in our efforts to protect our climate", Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said in a satement. During seasonal high tides, this road, Indian Creek Drive, sometimes now is under water. Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine signed on in May, and just this week, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney became the 100th USA mayor to come on board. So it's been a real journey, but it's a necessary journey.

The analysis of National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Energy Information Administration data comes before the start of the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Miami Beach, from June 23-26, where members will consider a resolution that would establish support for the goal of 100 percent clean, renewable energy in cities nationwide. Doing so would greatly reduce the city's carbon footprint - in 2015, electricity accounted for over three-quarters of all greenhouse emissions by the city government. And it's tough to kind of have to convince them when the evidence is right there when you go to these towns. "There may be a little bit of a disagreement about how actually to deal with it", said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D), who is becoming the next president of the conference.

"If the federal government refuses to act or is just paralyzed, the cities themselves, through their mayors, are going to create a new national policy by the accumulation of our individual efforts".

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.


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