US mayors mull plan for cities to use only renewable energy


"Since the president withdrew the USA from the Paris agreement, mayors in cities across America have come together to say "enough" - we will not let the future of our planet be jeopardized by inaction at the top", Garcetti said Saturday, according to a statement provided by the mayor's office.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia was set to speak at Saturday's meeting of the Ports and Exports Task Force.

"To see that there were mayor from all over the country and cities of ever size". They also strongly rejected plans to increase immigration enforcement and vowed to persuade federal lawmakers to reinstate a popular $3 billion program (Community Development Block Grants) that funds local projects across the country. And while conference topics include immigration, healthcare, and the economy, environmental groups are hoping to get a commitment from the group to transition their cities to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2035.

In light of US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate change pact "the resolve of the other 19 leaders at the upcoming G20 Summit to safeguard the future of our planet is more important than ever", the statement added. Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine says, along with the state, the city is spending some $25 million to fix that.

"If the federal government doesn't want to do it, we're certainly going to do it", he says. This weekend, more than 250 of them are in Miami Beach. It was proposed by Democratic mayors in Republican-dominated states: South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Iowa.

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"It's critical for mayors to interact and share best practices and ideas for moving our respective communities forward in the right direction", said Henry.

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.

While cable news is trained on Washington, mayors must "fight to occupy the radical center", he said, arguing that if they do, America will follow.

The three resolutions, numbers 59, 60 and 79, can be found here and here.

USCM also voted in newly elected leadership: President New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Vice President Columbia, SC Mayor Stephen Benjamin, Second Vice President Rochester Hills, MI Mayor Bryan Barnett. There are almost 1,400 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.