US mayors back plan for cities to use only renewable energy

June 26, 2017 by Adriana Gomez Licon

A bipartisan group of mayors from across the country unanimously backed an ambitious commitment for U.S. cities to run entirely on renewable sources such as wind and solar in two decades.

As the U.S. Conference of Mayors wrapped up in Miami Beach on Monday, leaders from more than 250 cities voted on symbolic resolutions pushing back against President Donald Trump on climate change and immigration.

"Mayors have been involved in the frontline of climate and energy issues for so long, but the president's actions have really just ignited the excitement of mayors and citizens who want to get to do a whole lot more," said Steve Benjamin, a Democratic mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, who proposed the resolution with three other mayors.

Most mayors also signed a deal to do their part to uphold the terms of the Paris climate accords, even after the Trump administration pulled out of the agreement. 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. Trump proposes eliminating the grants.

The clean-energy resolution is one of the many measures that will be sent to Congress and the White House hoping to influence legislation. It was proposed by Democratic mayors in the Republican-dominated states of South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Iowa.

In Washington, Republicans and Democrats remain deeply divided over how to deal with climate change. But cities and states are slowly shaping policies to fight floods and add renewable sources of energy. More than 25 U.S. cities such as San Diego and Salt Lake City have already adopted the clean-energy policy, and six smaller cities including Aspen, Colorado, and Burlington, Vermont, have reached goals of generating 100 percent of the energy through renewable sources.

Traditional energy sources still dominate, with many cities saying they need their states to pass legislation to smooth the transition.

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."

It's "certainly possible in some cities, much more challenging in others," he said.

Billionaire and former New York 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.

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EmceeSquared
3.9 / 5 (7) Jun 26, 2017
US states and cities directly committing to the Paris Agreement are members of an org called the "United States Climate Alliance"
https://en.wikipe...Alliance

The ones not joining are members of a movement called the "Voluntary Extinction Movement"
https://en.wikipe...Movement
Joker23
2 / 5 (4) Jun 27, 2017
One wonders what the Taxpayers think about these debacles. These Politicians have never spent a penny of their own money to do anything and yet they think THEY can decide to do embark on a boondoggle like this on their own without giving the cost or input of anyone but the other nutcase environmental wackos who are more thanlikely on welfare or thecity payroll. Time to purge the cities of these elites that think the are the ruling class.
EmceeSquared
1.8 / 5 (4) Jun 27, 2017
What if these cities and states had an election where the people could decide whether to keep their legislators and chief executives when they do these things?

Oh, we already have those. These are some of the largest cities and states, with most of the taxes in the country coming from them, where people vote for these people. As other polls outside of elections show the taxpayers valuing leaders who plan to protect them.

Protect them from climate deniers like you. Who live in gerrymandered welfare states that mooch off of these cities and states to survive, staying as anti-democratic as possible to keep that power for your own elites who are your ruling class.
WillieWard
3 / 5 (2) Jun 28, 2017
"A bipartisan group of mayors from across the country unanimously backed an ambitious commitment for U.S. cities to run entirely on renewable sources such as wind and solar in two decades."
Before that, they should disconnect from the grid and try to run their homes and cars entirely on wind/solar bambi fart energy.
https://uploads.d...2b2d.jpg
EmceeSquared
3 / 5 (2) Jun 28, 2017
WillieWard:
Before that, they should disconnect from the grid and try to run their homes and cars entirely on wind/solar bambi fart energy.


Why would they do something stupid like that? These states and cities are the ones that built that grid. They use the grid they built to transition it over time entirely to wind/solar renewable energy.

WillieWard's toxic stupidity is astonishingly stupid.
WillieWard
3 / 5 (2) Jun 28, 2017
Before that, they should disconnect from the grid and try to run their homes and cars entirely on wind/solar bambi fart energy.
"A Car That Runs On Clean Renewable Energy"
https://www.youtu...AP_VMJGE
"One UGLY TRUTH About Off Grid Solar Power"
https://www.youtu...odG3F_Ds

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