He categorically stated that the cities would come together to formulate and implement policies that will address the issue in absence of a clear- cut national policy that deals with climate change. "I'm not a me-too kind of guy".
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.
The central theme of Landrieu's pitch to his fellow mayors, a bipartisan group despite the fact that many big cities are led by Democrats such as him, is that mayors know how to bridge divides - economic, racial, religious, and even party.
New Orleans Mayor Landrieu only seems to be voicing the opinion of the majority of mayors when he says that he will work towards finding solutions on his own in absence of directive from the federal government. But some were successful.
"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. Their goal is made easier by the proliferation of more technologically advanced ways to tackle the problems, they said.
Traditional energy sources still dominate, but the survey noted that more cities could use renewable electricity if their states passed legislation. Long Beach, Calif., has seen emissions at its port drop considerably after allowing ships to plug into the electric grid. "All we're asking the administration is, let us continue to help make America great", said Elizabeth Kautz of Burnsville, Minnesota.
"Cities are where people see that action affecting their daily lives", Whaley said. Climate protection, she said, is not a partisan issue, something she hears from her constituents. We govern in real time and reality.
"Clean energy isn't just the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do", said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.
The Mayors for 100% Clean Energy initiative is co-chaired by Mayor Philip Levine of Miami Beach, Mayor Jackie Biskupski of Salt Lake City, Mayor Kevin Faulconer of San Diego and Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina. He said he did not talk to his constituents about climate change in lofty terms.
"What better way to kick off Donald Trump's energy week than with a message from our nation's mayors that cities are ready for 100 percent clean and renewable energy", said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. "I am therefore very happy Mayor Levine was gracious enough to extend an invitation to me to share the proposal in detail, highlighting how mutually beneficial it will be", said Minister Bartlett.