Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

US mayors OK plan to use only renewable energy

US mayors OK plan to use only renewable energy

Today, more than ever, our nation and the people of our nation are looking to mayors to meet the challenges of everyday life as Washington, DC is devoid and bereft of providing leadership, answers and actions to help them in their daily lives.

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. But Cornett, a Republican, and Landrieu, a Democrat, emphasized that many cities don't have the financial standing to do what other cities have done on their own.

"By approving this historic measure, we are showing the world that cities and mayors can and will lead the transition away from fossil fuels to 100 percent clean, renewable energy", said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.

With talk of an impending infrastructure bill out of Washington - Barnett says the group of mayors have spent time discussing that pressing issue. Mayors also voted for resolutions Opposing the Elimination of Community Development Block Grants and the HOME Investment Partnership Program; Opposing Punitive Sanctuary Jurisdiction Policies; and the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

Garcetti is the chairman and co-founder of the Climate Mayors, a bipartisan group formed in 2014. In Miami Beach, where this weekend's meetings are being held, that's not just a theoretical concern.

Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine was another leader of the effort after being in the spotlight for his moves to combat sea level rise. During seasonal high tides, this road, Indian Creek Drive, sometimes now is under water.

Goodman was just one of the mayors from cities across the USA including metro Detroit attending the annual conference this week in Miami - a gathering which touts comparing notes and offering solutions to issues in common. And we're also putting in natural boundaries and mangroves to finish it off properly.

Addressing the US Conference of Mayors' Summer meeting this afternoon which is taking place in Miami Beach, Florida, Clinton said that mayors' commitment to get things done was the main reason he met with them every year during his two terms as president. "We are committed to carrying the fight against climate change forward in our cities". Miami Beach, he says, is a wealthy city with some $50 billion of real estate assets to protect.

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But it was his comments on climate change and the USA withdrawal by President Trump from the Paris Climate Agreement that drew the largest applause from mayors.

MITCH LANDRIEU: You're going to see a new governing model emerging in this country.

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