Mayors Focus on Bipartisan, Local Leadership


"As host city for this year's U.S. Conference of Mayors, I am proud to represent Miami Beach and stand with mayors across the country in supporting a vision of 100 percent clean, renewable energy for my community".

ALLEN: Last month, after President Trump announced his plan to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, Levine and other members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors protested.

Incoming U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans joined dozens of mayors from across the country to urge Americans to move past Washington's stalled partisan gridlock and instead, look locally for leadership that governs with vision and delivers results. Levine says Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris agreement won't stop his city's efforts to improve infrastructure and prepare for climate change.

The clean energy resolution is one of the many measures that will be sent to Congress and the White House, hoping to influence legislation under an administration that has pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord. It was proposed by Democratic mayors in the Republican-dominated states of South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Iowa. But he criticized Trump's decision to pull out of the climate-change deal, in which almost 200 other countries agreed to reduce their emissions and prod other countries to do the same.

Thirty-six cities across the US have now committed to transition to 100 percent clean and renewable energy.

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.

David Sandalow, a former undersecretary of energy in President Barack Obama's administration who is now at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy, called it an "ambitious goal". "The city adopted a whole new motto and a commitment to inclusion and to working together", he said.

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

Many cities have already implemented plans to address these issues faced with the federal government's apparent refusal to take any action in this regard.

The new effort comes as local leaders are increasingly concerned about the impact of the Trump administration's policies. "All cities are doing that, and we need to do that".