Conference: US Mayors May Shape National Climate Policy

Alvin Kelly
June 27, 2017

In a joint text distributed to media outlets worldwide and posted online, the C-40 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.

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The water is going to keep rising" whether US stays in Paris or not Bill Clinton issues warning on opioid crisis: "It's going to eat us all alive" Poll: "Former AG Lynch should be investigated MORE on Saturday offered advice to U.S. mayors who plan to honor the Paris climate accords in the wake of President Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the agreement.

"By enacting zero-emissions port and bus programs, integrating green technology into city design, and investing in multi-modal transportation, we've built a robust economy while also reducing our emissions, proving that you don't to choose between the economy and the environment", Garcia said.

Clinton, addressing a crowd inside the Fontainebleau on Saturday afternoon, didn't mention President Donald Trump by name.

While in Miami, Hancock also expressed concern about Senate Republicans' proposed healthcare bill, which aims to roll back expansions to Medicaid that took place under President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

"As the government closest to the ground, mayors are leading the way on issues both big and small", Landrieu said. He proposed the resolution with three other mayors.

Clinton warned the mayors about the need to address the epidemic, as Republicans face criticism over their plan to make large-scale changes to Medicaid, the government health insurance for the poor.

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Nan Whaley, mayor of Dayton, Ohio, makes a similar argument about spending cuts for treating mental illness and drug addiction. "Cities and states around the country are now doing the kinds of things the national government should do".

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

Whaley is among the Democrats running OH governor.

Mayors meeting in Florida are considering an ambitious commitment to have entire US cities run on renewable sources such as wind and solar in two decades.

"It's just that we can't depend on our national government anymore", de Blasio said.

Of course, Whaley acknowledges, even a wave of mayors storming statehouses and Capitol Hill won't mean those institutions have to answer calls about pot holes, police response times and garbage pick-up.

"The rise of tribalism has created an "us versus them" mentality-for us to win they have to lose", said Clinton.

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