US mayors OK plan to use only renewable energy

Miami Beach Fla. Mayors of cities with populations of 30,000 or more will discuss plans to reduce the nation's carbon

Miami Beach Fla. Mayors of cities with populations of 30,000 or more will discuss plans to reduce the nation's carbon

Billionaire and former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg also addressed the mayors on Monday, announcing a $200 million initiative for cities to take on projects that address issues from climate change to gun violence and immigration. "There may be a little bit of a disagreement about how actually to deal with it". Before joining the leadership of the Conference, Landrieu served as Chair of the Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports Standing Committee, as well as co-chair of the Ending Veterans Homelessness Task Force. 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.

New Orleans is ahead of many cities its size in overhauling aging water and sewer infrastructure, but that came with considerable federal aid after Hurricane Katrina. According to the survey, the majority of those cities want to buy or already bought green vehicles, and most also have energy efficiency policies for new and existing municipal buildings. "At the U.S. Conference of Mayors, my colleagues are asking me how they can also enact similar programs, and I'm proud our efforts are making Long Beach noticed by the nation".

Bill Clinton, the former U.S. president, has told mayors that they are the best answer to the divisive politics that has become all too common at the state and national levels in the USA as well as globally.

"You can get out any minute, but water is going to keep rising", Clinton said. "Politics has no influence on science or nature", he quipped.

"You got to seal and deliver", Clinton told the mayors.

"We have outlined an ambitious - and achievable - agenda for the next years, and we're looking forward to getting back out in our communities and making a difference, not just for our individual communities, but for the country", said USCM Vice President, Mayor Stephen Benjamin of Columbia, SC. "You have to find a way to do it".

36 cities across the United States have now committed to transition to 100 percent renewable energy.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a frequent Trump critic, said Friday in Miami Beach that meeting in a coastal city affected by rising sea levels underscores the necessity of a national solution for climate change, even if it takes the collective action of local government.

"Mayor Bill de Blasio of NY offered a strong contrast with Washington, "There are fights ahead, especially on healthcare and tax reform - but these are fights the Conference of Mayors will be at the center of and they are fights we can and must win for the millions of people we represent.". "Cities and states around the country are now doing the kinds of things the national government should do".

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