323 US Climate Mayors commit to adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals

STATEMENT FROM THE CLIMATE MAYORS IN RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT

The President’s denial of global warming is getting a cold reception from America’s cities.

As 323 US Mayors representing 62 million Americans, we will adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy.

We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks.

The world cannot wait — and neither will we.

#Cities4Climate

Signed,

Mayor Eric Garcetti
City of Los Angeles, CA

Mayor Martin J Walsh
City of Boston, MA

Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York City, NY

Mayor Sylvester Turner
City of Houston, TX

Mayor Madeline Rogero
City of Knoxville, TN

Mayor Rahm Emanuel
City of Chicago, IL

Mayor Ed Murray
City of Seattle, WA

Mayor Jim Kenney
City of Philadelphia, PA

Mayor Kasim Reed
City of Atlanta, GA

Mayor Lioneld Jordan
City of Fayetteville, AR

Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer
City of Alameda, CA

Mayor Sharon Konopa
City of Albany , OR

Mayor Kathy Sheehan
City of Albany, NY

Mayor Allison Silberberg
City of Alexandria, VA

Mayor Ed Pawlowski
City of Allentown, PA

Mayor Jeanne Sorg
City of Ambler, PA

Mayor Gary Goosman
City of Amesville, OH

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz
City of Anchorage, AK

Mayor Terence Roberts
City of Anderson, SC

Mayor Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor, MI

Mayor Van W Johnson
City of Apalachicola, FL

Mayor Susan Ornelas
City of Arcata, CA

Mayor Peter R Porcino
City of Ardsley, NY

Mayor Esther Manheimer
City of Asheville, NC

Mayor Steve Skadron
City of Aspen, CO

Mayor Steve Patterson
City of Athens, OH

Mayor Steve Adler
City of Austin, TX

Mayor Catherine E Pugh
City of Baltimore , MD

Mayor Gordon T Ringberg
City of Bayfield, WI

Mayor Denny Dole
City of Beaverton, OR

Mayor Christopher Koch
City of Bellevue, ID

Mayor Kelli Linville
City of Bellingham, WA

Mayor Jesse Arreguin
City of Berkeley, CA

Mayor Robert Donchez
City of Bethlehem, PA

Mayor Michael P Cahill
City of Beverly, MA

Mayor Ben Kessler
City of Bexley, OH

Mayor Richard C David
City of Binghamton, NY

Mayor William Bell
City of Birmingham, AL

Mayor Ron Rordam
City of Blacksburg, VA

Mayor John Hamilton
City of Bloomington, IN

Mayor Dave Bieter
City of Boise, ID

Mayor Suzanne Jones
City of Boulder, CO

Mayor Carson Taylor
City of Bozeman, MT

Mayor Eric Mamula
City of Breckenridge, CO

Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
City of Bridgeport, CT

Mayor William W Moehle
City of Brighton, NY

Mayor Lori S Liu
City of Brisbane, CA

Mayor Brenda Hess
City of Buchanan, MI

Mayor Byron W Brown
City of Buffalo, NY

Mayor Miro Weinberger
City of Burlington, VT

Mayor Elizabeth B Kautz
City of Burnsville, MN

Mayor E Denise Simmons
City of Cambridge, MA

Mayor Edwin Garcia
City of Camuy, PR

Mayor Jim Brainard
City of Carmel, IN

Mayor Lydia E Lavelle
City of Carrboro, NC

Mayor Mike Webb
City of Carver, MN

Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen
City of Champaign, IL

Mayor Pam Hemminger
City of Chapel Hill, NC

Mayor John J Tecklenburg
City of Charleston, SC

Mayor Jennifer Roberts
City of Charlotte, NC

Mayor Mike Signer
City of Charlottesville, VA

Mayor Andy Berke
City of Chattanooga, TN

Mayor Chuck Cahn
City of Cherry Hill, NJ

Mayor Mary Casillas Salas
City of Chula Vista, CA

Mayor Larry Schroeder
City of Claremont, CA

Mayor Ted Terry
City of Clarkston, GA

Mayor Frank G Jackson
City of Cleveland, OH

Mayor Rebecca Tooley
City of Coconut Creek, FL

Mayor Brian Treece
City of Columbia, MO

Mayor Stephen K Benjamin
City of Columbia, SC

Mayor Andrew Ginther
City of Columbus, OH

Mayor Jeff Katz
City of Cooperstown, NY

Mayor Jim Cason
City of Coral Gables, FL

Mayor Brian Tobin
City of Cortland, NY

Mayor Biff Traber
City of Corvallis, OR

Mayor Jeffrey Cooper
Culver City, CA

Mayor Savita Vaidhyanathan
City of Cupertino, CA

Mayor Michael S Rawlings
City of Dallas, TX

Mayor Robb Davis
City of Davis, CA

Mayor Cary Glickstein
City of Delray Beach, FL

Mayor Michael Hancock
City of Denver, CO

Mayor T M Franklin Cownie
City of Des Moines, IA

Mayor Mike Duggan
City of Detroit, MI

Mayor Josh Maxwell
City of Downingtown, PA

Mayor Roy D Buol
City of Dubuque, IA

Mayor Emily Larson
City of Duluth, MN

Mayor William V Bell
City of Durham, NC

Mayor Mark Meadows
City of East Lansing, MI

Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens
City of Eden Prairie, MN

Mayor Kris Teegardin
City of Edgewater, CO

Mayor Dave Earling
City of Edmonds, WA

Mayor Janet Abelson
City of El Cerrito, CA

Mayor David Kaptain
City of Elgin, IL

Mayor Catherine Blakespear
City of Encinitas, CA

Mayor Lucy Vinis
City of Eugene, OR

Mayor Stephen H Hagerty
City of Evanston, IL

Mayor Ray Stephanson
City of Everett, WA

Mayor Edward Malloy
City of Fairfield, IA

Mayor Peter Lindstrom
City of Falcon Heights, MN

Mayor David Tarter
City of Falls Church, VA

Mayor Colleen Mahr
City of Fanwood, NJ

Mayor David Coulter
City of Ferndale, MI

Mayor Coral J Evans
City of Flagstaff, AZ

Mayor Karen Weaver
City of Flint, MI

Mayor Wade Troxell
City of Fort Collins, CO

Mayor Jack Seiler
City of Fort Lauderdale, FL

Mayor Tom Henry
City of Fort Wayne, IN

Mayor Bob Scott
City of Franklin, NC

Mayor Lily Mei
City of Fremont, CA

Mayor Gary Wilkinson
City of Frisco, CO

Mayor Kachen Kimmell
City of Gambier, OH

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson
City of Gary, IN

Mayor Tammy Stempel
City of Gladstone, OR

Mayor Bruce J Packer
City of Glen Rock, NJ

Mayor Bryan Kennedy
City of Glendale, WI

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken
City of Gloucester, MA

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss
City of Grand Rapids, MI

Mayor Emmett V Jordan
City of Greenbelt, MD

Mayor Nancy Vaughan
City of Greensboro, NC

Mayor Knox H White
City of Greenville, SC

Mayor Samuel Henderson
City of Gulfport, FL

Mayor Debbie Ruddock
City of Half Moon Bay, CA

Mayor Joy Cooper
City of Hallandale Beach, FL

Mayor Karen Majewski
City of Hamtramck, MI

Mayor Luke Bronin
City of Hartford, CT

Mayor Peter Swiderski
City of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Mayor Harry Kim
City of Hawai'i , HI

Mayor Barbara Halliday
City of Hayward, CA

Mayor Shaun McCaffery
City of Healdsburg, CA

Mayor Nancy R Rotering
City of Highland Park, IL

Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler
City of Highland Park, NJ

Mayor Patrick Taylor
City of Highlands, NC

Mayor Tom Stevens
City of Hillsborough, NC

Mayor Dawn Zimmer
City of Hoboken, NJ

Mayor Josh Levy
City of Hollywood, FL

Mayor Alex B Morse
City of Holyoke, MA

Mayor Kirk Caldwell
City of Honolulu, HI

Mayor Paul Blackburn
City of Hood River, OR

Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton
City of Hudson , NY

Mayor Candace B Hollingsworth
City of Hyattsville, MD

Mayor Jim Throgmorton
Iowa City , IA

Mayor Svante Myrick
City of Ithaca, NY

Mayor Pete Muldoon
City of Jackson , WY

Mayor Steven M Fulop
Jersey City, NJ

Mayor Bobby J Hopewell
City of Kalamazoo, MI

Mayor Sly James
Kansas City, MO

Mayor Bernard P Carvalho
City of Kauai, HI

Mayor John Antaramian
City of Kenosha, WI

Mayor Nina Jonas
City of Ketchum, ID

Mayor Steven T Noble
City of Kingston, NY

Mayor Jose Alvarez
City of Kissimmee, FL

Mayor Tim Kabat
City of La Crosse, WI

Mayor Christine Berg
City of Lafayette, CO

Mayor Robert Blais
Village of Lake George, NY

Mayor Adam Paul
City of Lakewood, CO

Mayor Michael Summers
City of Lakewood, OH

Mayor J Richard Gray
City of Lancaster, PA

Mayor Virg Bernero
City of Lansing, MI

Mayor William Sprague
City of Lapeer, MI

Mayor Richard J Kaplan
City of Lauderhill, FL

Mayor Leslie Soden
City of Lawrence, KS

Mayor Theodore W Becker
City of Lewes, DE

Mayor Mark Stodola
City of Little Rock, AR

Mayor Robert Garcia
City of Long Beach, CA

Mayor Adam Schneider
City of Long Branch, NJ

Mayor Dennis Coombs
City of Longmont, CO

Mayor Mary Prochnow
City of Los Altos, CA

Mayor Gary Waldeck
City of Los Altos Hills, CA

Mayor Marico Sayoc
City of Los Gatos, CA

Mayor Greg Fischer
City of Louisville, KY

Mayor Robert Reichert
City of Macon-Bibb County, GA

Mayor Paul R Soglin
City of Madison, WI

Mayor Gary Christenson
City of Malden, MA

Mayor Skylar Peak
City of Malibu, CA

Mayor Barry Greenberg
City of Maplewood , MO

Mayor Alan M Arakawa
City of Maui, HI

Mayor Stephanie M Burke
City of Medford, MA

Mayor Kirsten Keith
City of Menlo Park, CA

Mayor Philip Levine
City of Miami Beach, FL

Mayor Tomas Regalado
City of Miami, FL

Mayor Gurdip Brar
City of Middleton, WI

Mayor Daniel Drew
City of Middletown, CT

Mayor Benjamin G Blake
City of Milford , CT

Mayor Sean Strub
City of Milford, PA

Mayor Reuben D Holober
City of Millbrae, CA

Mayor Jeff Silvestrini
City of Millcreek, UT

Mayor Tom Barrett
City of Milwaukee, WI

Mayor Mark Gamba
City of Milwaukie, OR

Mayor Betsy Hodges
City of Minneapolis, MN

Mayor Wayne Messam
City of Miramar, FL

Mayor John Engen
City of Missoula, MT

Mayor Mary O'Connor
City of Monona, WI

Mayor John Hollar
City of Montpelier, VT

Mayor Timothy Dougherty
City of Morristown, NJ

Mayor Jamie Irons
City of Morro Bay , CA

Mayor Arlene Burns
City of Mosier, OR

Mayor Fred Courtright
City of Mount Pocono, PA

Mayor Ken Rosenberg
City of Mountain View, CA

Mayor Jill Techel
City of Napa, CA

Mayor Jim Donchess
City of Nashua, NH

Mayor Megan Barry
City of Nashville, TN

Mayor Jon Mitchell
City of New Bedford, MA

Mayor Toni N Harp
City of New Haven, CT

Mayor Mitch Landrieu
City of New Orleans, LA

Mayor Tim Rogers
City of New Paltz, NY

Mayor Ras J Baraka
City of Newark, NJ

Mayor Donna D Holaday
City of Newburyport, MA

Mayor Setti Warren
City of Newton, MA

Mayor Paul Dyster
City of Niagara Falls, NY

Mayor Chris Koos
City of Normal, IL

Mayor Connie Leon-Kreps
City of North Bay Village, FL

Mayor Francis M Womack
City of North Brunswick, NJ

Mayor Smith Joseph
City of North Miami, FL

Mayor David J Narkewicz
City of Northampton, MA

Mayor Jennifer White
City of Nyack, NY

Mayor Libby Schaaf
City of Oakland, CA

Mayor Cheryl Selby
City of Olympia, WA

Mayor Buddy Dyer
City of Orlando, FL

Mayor Victoria Gearity
City of Ossining, NY

Mayor Greg Scharff
City of Palo Alto, CA

Mayor Jack Thomas
Park City, UT

Mayor Donald Grebien
City of Pawtucket, RI

Mayor David Glass
City of Petaluma, CA

Mayor Greg Stanton
City of Phoenix, AZ

Mayor Cindy S Perry
City of Pittsboro, NC

Mayor William Peduto
City of Pittsburgh, PA

Mayor Kurt R Metzger
City of Pleasant Ridge, MI

Mayor Lamar Fisher
City of Pompano Beach, FL

Mayor Ethan Strimling
City of Portland, ME

Mayor Ted Wheeler
City of Portland, OR

Mayor Jack Blalock
City of Portsmouth, NH

Mayor Liz Lempert
City of Princeton, NJ

Mayor Jorge O Elorza
City of Providence, RI

Mayor Nancy McFarlane
City of Raleigh, NC

Mayor Donald Terry
City of Rancho Cordova, CA

Mayor John Marchione
City of Redmond, WA

Mayor John Seybert
Redwood City, CA

Mayor Hillary Schieve
City of Reno, NV

Mayor Tom Butt
City of Richmond, CA

Mayor Levar Stoney
City of Richmond, VA

Mayor Lovely Warren
City of Rochester, NY

Mayor Daniel Guzzi
City of Rockwood, MI

Mayor Mike Fournier
City of Royal Oak, MI

Mayor Darrell Steinberg
City of Sacramento, CA

Mayor Alan Galbraith
City of Saint Helena, CA

Mayor Christopher Coleman
City of Saint Paul, MN

Mayor Kim Driscoll
City of Salem, MA

Mayor Chuck Bennett
City of Salem, OR

Mayor Jacob Day
City of Salisbury, MD

Mayor Jackie Biskupski
Salt Lake City, UT

Mayor Bob Grassilli
City of San Carlos, CA

Mayor Kevin Faulconer
City of San Diego, CA

Mayor Ed Lee
City of San Francisco, CA

Mayor Sam Liccardo
City of San Jose, CA

Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter
City of San Leandro, CA

Mayor Heidi Harmon
City of San Luis Obispo, CA

Mayor John Thomaides
City of San Marcos, TX

Mayor Miguel Pulido
City of Santa Ana, CA

Mayor Helene Schneider
City of Santa Barbara, CA

Mayor Lisa M Gillmor
City of Santa Clara, CA

Mayor Javier M Gonzales
City of Santa Fe, NM

Mayor Ted Winterer
City of Santa Monica, CA

Mayor Chris Coursey
City of Santa Rosa, CA

Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie
City of Sarasota, FL

Mayor Joanne D Yepsen
City of Saratoga Springs, NY

Mayor Chris Lain
City of Savanna, IL

Mayor Michael J Gonnelli
City of Secaucus, NJ

Mayor George Van Dusen
City of Skokie, IL

Mayor Scott A Saunders
City of Smithville, TX

Mayor Matt Larson
City of Snoqualmie, WA

Mayor Joe Curtatone
City of Somerville, MA

Mayor Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend, IN

Mayor Philip K Stoddard
City of South Miami, FL

Mayor Sheena Collum
City of South Orange Village, NJ

Mayor Domenic J Sarno
City of Springfield, MA

Mayor Lyda Krewson
City of St Louis, MO

Mayor Len Pagano
City of St Peters, MO

Mayor Rick Kriseman
City of St Petersburg, FL

Mayor David Martin
City of Stamford, CT

Mayor Elizabeth Goreham
City of State College, PA

Mayor Michael Tubbs
City of Stockton, CA

Mayor Glenn Hendricks
City of Sunnyvale, CA

Mayor Michael J Ryan
City of Sunrise, FL

Mayor Daniel E Dietch
City of Surfside, FL

Mayor Timothy P Kearney
City of Swarthmore, PA

Mayor Stephanie A Miner
City of Syracuse, NY

Mayor Marilyn Strickland
City of Tacoma, WA

Mayor Kate Stewart
City of Takoma Park, MD

Mayor Andrew Gillum
City of Tallahassee, FL

Mayor Bob Buckhorn
City of Tampa, FL

Mayor Drew Fixell
City of Tarrytown, NY

Mayor Sean Murphy
City of Telluride, CO

Mayor Mark Mitchell
City of Tempe, AZ

Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson
City of Toledo, OH

Mayor Patrick J. Furey
City of Torrance, CA

Mayor Jim Carruthers
Traverse City, MI

Mayor Eric E Jackson
City of Trenton, NJ

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild
City of Tucson, AZ

Mayor Brian Stack
Union City, NJ

Mayor Shelley Welsch
University City, MO

Mayor Diane W Marlin
City of Urbana, IL

Mayor Dave Chapin
City of Vail, CO

Mayor Muriel Bowser
City of Washington, D.C.

Mayor Oscar Rios
City of Watsonville, CA

Mayor Shari G Cantor
City of West Hartford, CT

Mayor Edward O'Brien
City of West Haven, CT

Mayor John Heilman
City of West Hollywood, CA

Mayor John Dennis
City of West Lafayette, IN

Mayor Felix E Roque
City of West New York, NJ

Mayor Jeri Muoio
City of West Palm Beach, FL

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
City of West Sacramento, CA

Mayor Daniel Corona
City of West Wendover, NV

Mayor Daniel J Stermer
City of Weston, FL

Mayor Joyce Jay
City of Wheat Ridge , CO

Mayor Thomas M Roach
City of White Plains, NY

Mayor John Muhlfeld
City of Whitefish, MT

Mayor Ryan Reynolds
City of Whitney Point, NY

Mayor Debora Fudge
City of Windsor, CA

Mayor Allen Joines
City of Winston Salem, NC

Mayor Angel Barajas
City of Woodland, CA

Mayor Joseph M Petty
City of Worcester, MA

Mayor Mike Spano
City of Yonkers, NY

Mayor Amanda Maria Edmonds
City of Ypsilanti, MI

Updated signatories as of 11:30 am PT on June 21, 2017

Our Letter to the President - April 2016 (methane and energy storage)

April 15, 2016

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500


Dear President Obama,


As mayors committed to leading the fight against climate change, we believe the recent Aliso Canyon gas leak has pointed out the challenges facing communities where similar oil and gas infrastructure is found. Each of our cities shares concerns about these facilities, including health and safety, as well as the methane released from natural gas and oil production, consumption, storage, and transport.


We have come together through the Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) to support action on climate change. Given that methane is a potent, short lived climate pollutant–84 times more potent than carbon dioxide in the short-term—we write to you today.


First, thank you for your March 10 commitment to ensuring that the U.S. EPA moves forward expeditiously on rules to limit methane emissions from new sources, per your commitment last summer, and critically, from existing sources of oil and gas production infrastructure. This action is vitally important as we need rules that address methane leaks throughout the entire life-cycle of oil and gas, including both production and consumption.


Such rules would not only have a climate benefit, but they would reduce the costly waste of energy resources. These rules would also serve to cut the toxic soup of air contaminants that are released alongside methane not just from oil and gas production, but from their transportation and storage as well. This is a risk that threatens every city.


However, the climate benefits from these rules can be undermined by lack of oversight elsewhere in the value chain, and lagging advancement of renewable energy and alternative forms of storage of energy. Therefore, we are asking for your leadership in rapidly addressing these issues in two additional ways:


1. Direct the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to add regulation of oil and gas storage facilities along with interstate pipelines.

To date, storage facilities and interstate transportation infrastructure have been overlooked. The risk of such a gap in oversight has been highlighted most recently by the disaster at Aliso Canyon in Los Angeles where a gaswell leaked more methane than ever experienced in the United States and led to the emergency relocation of over 5,000 residents in the neighboring communities. Most leaks aren’t as big as Aliso Canyon, but they add up to a much larger problem in aggregate.


2. Research energy storage technologies to pair with renewables.

We ask that you enlist the expertise of the Department of Energy to study alternatives for existing natural gas storage facilities. Namely, we propose a redoubled emphasis on energy storage technologies, including battery storage, pumped hydro storage, and compressed air storage among other methods, which can make intermittent renewable energy production technologies more viable throughout the day. This technology would allow for the continued use of existing infrastructure, but serve as a much safer and cleaner strategy for addressing peak energy demand in comparison to natural gas-fired generation. Financing should also be made available to cities to help them move buildings and homes toward clean technologies such as battery storage paired with grid-tied solar installations.


Thankfully, in the wake of the leak at Aliso Canyon, U.S. Secretary of Energy Moniz announced on April 1 the Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety. We ask for your support in ensuring the task force addresses both these matters, and other related issues they identify. Please know we stand ready to help support and contribute to the work of the task force if and as possible.


We understand that our economy will continue to rely on fossil fuels for the near future. However, the oil and gas industry must not imperil our air quality, our public health, and our climate through leaks and venting. The public relies on all of us to make decisions that protect their health and welfare.


Sincerely,


Mayor Eric Garcetti
City of Los Angeles

Mayor Steve Skadron
City of Aspen

Mayor Steve Adler
City of Austin

Mayor Tom Bates
City of Berkeley

Mayor Suzanne Jones
City of Boulder

Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Mayor of Chicago

Mayor Michael Hancock
City of Denver

Mayor Muriel Bowser
District of Columbia

Mayor Sly James
City of Kansas City

Mayor Bill de Blasio
City of New York

Mayor Libby Shaaf
City of Oakland

Mayor Charlie Hales
City of Portland

cc: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Anthony Foxx, Secretary of U.S. Department of Transportation
Ernest Moniz, Secretary of U.S. Department of Energy
Marie Therese Dominguez, Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

#climatemayors

U.S. Mayors Back Bold Climate Action In Paris

LOS ANGELES, CA. – The founders of the Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) – L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and Houston Mayor Annise Parker – joined more than 60 mayors in issuing a video and statement today that backs “the strongest possible” international agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

“Reaching a strong deal in Paris starts with us,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Cities are responsible for 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and around the world mayors are leading the way in fighting climate change and creating more sustainable, livable communities.”

Advocacy group Environment America produced the video in coordination with MNCAA, a domestic initiative designed to demonstrate the essential role of cities in climate change solutions and build political will for U.S. leadership. MNCAA launched their #ClimateMayors social media campaign on the eve of the final 100 days to the start of the UN climate talks in Paris which start on November 30.

The video, which encourages more cities to join with their fellow #ClimateMayors, comes as mayors plan to join other leaders next week in Paris for the 21stConference of Parties, or COP21, where it’s hoped an international plan can be crafted to aggressively cut pollution and spur faster development of clean energy sources such as wind and solar.

According to the United Nations Human Settlement Program, cities are home to half the world’s population, and create the bulk of the world’s global warming pollution. From rising seas to wildfires to drought, mayors and other local officials are also often on the front lines of global warming’s most negative impacts.

“Cities are not only feeling the problem, they’re part of the problem,” Houston Mayor Annise Parker says in the video.

“But cities can be part of the solution,” continues Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter in the video, which also includes activists calling for bold climate action in multiple languages.

In the letter to be delivered to the White House, the founders of MNCAA along with 63 other mayors said, “cities across the country are already taking the lead,” and have reached national pollution reduction targets ahead of state and national governments.”

“But,” the mayors wrote, “we cannot act alone. We need the federal government to provide a path forward to making meaningful reductions in carbon pollution while preparing for the impacts of climate change.”

The push from the mayors comes as Congress continues its assault on the federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants that are the centerpiece of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Last week the full Senate and a key House committee voted to repeal the Clean Power Plan, and a full vote in the House is expected next week.

While the Clean Power Plan is expected to survive these attacks, opponents to climate action have made clear their aim is to undermine the President’s negotiating authority in Paris. The mayors wrote in their letter, however, that the congressional attacks didn’t reflect the posture of most Americans on the threat of global warming.

Leading up to COP21, more than 150 countries making up more than 90 percent of the world’s climate pollution have pledged pollution reductions. Scientists say worldwide greenhouse gas pollution must be cut upwards of 80 percent to avoid the most devastating impacts of climate change.

“We urge world leaders to chart a course for 100 percent clean energy to solve the climate crisis,” said Madeline Page, outreach director for Environment America’s Global Warming Solutions program. “And it’s inspiring to see mayors from across the U.S representing millions of Americans pushing President Obama to lead the way to a bold climate agreement.”

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Mayors Laud President's ‘Clean Power Plan’

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Houston Mayor Annise Parker – who co-founded the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda with Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia – issued the following statement regarding the President’s Clean Power Plan that was released today:

“We don’t need more debate on climate change from Washington; we need action, and that’s what we’re seeing from President Obama today,” Mayors Garcetti and Parker said. “Today’s Clean Power Plan will add to the benefits we’re already seeing from our cities’ strong leadership against climate change, including cleaner air and thousands of green jobs.”

The Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, which is now 28 mayors-strong, recently called on President Obama for strong federal action on climate change in the face of Congressional gridlock and for strong leadership by the US at the upcoming UN climate change negotiations in Paris (scroll down to see an earlier post of the MNCAA’s call on the President).

Mayors Garcetti and Parker noted that cities are on the front lines when it comes to the effects of climate change and responding to them, including
extreme heat and weather, sea level rise and drought. Cities are also generate 70 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.

To make Los Angeles a leader in showing the path forward against climate change, Mayor Garcetti set a target of reducing Los Angeles’ greenhouse gas
emissions by 80 percent by 2050. He has also committed to making LADWP coal free, which in the wake of the city’s recent divestment from the coal-powered Navajo Generating Station, is now on track to happen by 2025. Mayor Garcetti’s agenda, which also includes aggressive solar power and green building targets, is detailed in the city’s first-ever Sustainable City pLAn (see: plan.lamayor.org).

To make Houston a leader against climate change, Mayor Parker is on track to meet a near-term goal of reducing the City of Houston’s greenhouse gas emissions by 42 percent by 2016. She also set a long-term reductions goal of 80 percent by 2050. Mayor Parker is committed to continuing Houston’s leadership as the largest municipal purchaser of renewable energy in the nation, with 50 percent of the City’s energy coming from renewable sources and a 30 MW solar project soon to be approved. The City of Houston is also implementing the largest LED streetlight conversion in the nation, helping the City meet stringent energy efficiency goals.

Mayor Garcetti also announced today that he has appointed Lauren Faber as Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer to help drive implementation of the Sustainable City pLAn, advance the climate policies in the pLAn, pursue additional funding for programs like the recent CARB grant for EV car sharing in disadvantaged communities, and other priorities. She joins the Garcetti Administration from the Environmental Defense Fund where she served as West Coast Political Director. She was previously with the California Environmental Protection Agency and the British Embassy in Washington, DC. Lauren will report to the Mayor’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Matt Petersen.

Mayors Parker and Garcetti serve on the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group global steering committee and represented Houston and Los Angeles on President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Mayor Garcetti also recently announced that Los Angeles will host the US China Low Carbon Cities Summit later this year.

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Joint Statement from LA & Houston Mayors on Climate/Vatican

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who co-founded the Mayors National Climate Change Agenda (MNCAA) along with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, issued the following statement as Mayors from around the world gathered for the Vatican’s symposium on climate change and modern slavery hosted by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences.  MNCAA Mayors attending the symposium include Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

The symposium follows Pope Francis’ encyclical calling for action against climate change and in advance of the UN climate conference in Paris where world leaders will convene to negotiate a new international agreement to combat climate change.

“Mayors are on the front lines when climate change causes drought, incites extreme weather, and erodes our coastlines. We need the world’s leaders to think like mayors and share our sense of urgency in negotiating a bold climate change agreement,” Mayors Garcetti and Parker said in a joint statement. “We are proud to join those mayors who are gathered at the Vatican in signing the Papal declaration for action on climate change and urge our nation’s mayors to continue leading the way. We must lead in the face of federal inaction.”

In a letter delivered to the White House last month, the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda directly called upon President Obama to fight for the strongest possible climate agreement at the UN climate conference and announced it is launching a campaign to support the President and the U.S. delegation to the conference in pushing for strong action on climate change (SEE EARLIER BLOG POSTS BELOW).

This fall, Mayor Garcetti will host U.S. and Chinese mayors and other sub-national leaders in Los Angeles for the U.S.-China Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities Summit, an outcome of the landmark climate change agreement announced by U.S. President Barack Obama and China President Xi Jinping last fall in Beijing. 

The agreement between Presidents Obama and Xi includes new targets for carbon emissions and reductions by the United States and a first-ever commitment by China to stop its emissions from growing by 2030. It also launched the Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities Initiative to respond to growing urbanization and increasingly significant greenhouse gas emissions from cities. 

The summit will mark the first effort of that initiative and will bring together local leaders from both countries for a multiple-day conference featuring a high-level plenary at which leaders declare their resolve, ambition, and actions; working level technical exchanges to share experience and best practices; and an exhibition to engage the private sector.  

The Mayors National Climate Action Agenda includes:

  • Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor
  • Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron
  • Austin Mayor Steve Adler
  • Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
  • Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates
  • Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum
  • Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter
  • Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman
  • Denver Mayor Michael Hancock
  • Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell
  • Houston Mayor Annise Parker
  • Kansas City Mayor Sly James
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges
  • Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
  • Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
  • Park City Mayor Jack Thomas
  • Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter
  • Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton
  • Portland Mayor Charlie Hales
  • Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker
  • San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
  • San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo
  • Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown
  • Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
  • Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone
  • Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland

The work of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda in the U.S. is complemented at the international level by the Compact of Mayors, a global cooperative effort among mayors and city officials committed to reducing local greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing resilience to climate change, and tracking progress transparently. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, his Special Envoy Michael R. Bloomberg, and city networks including ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) are working together to highlight and engage cities in the lead up to the UN climate conference, known as COP21. In the United States, the efforts of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network has been important in advancing MNCAA, including through the USDN-led Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance.  

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The President Heard Our Call!

“Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House Rogan Patel told the U.S. Conference of Mayors June 19 that the administration is looking to U.S. mayors to support the Clean Power Plan, particularly since many of them are leading the effort to address climate change in the country. 27 mayors outlined the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda in a June 18 letter to President Obama calling on the administration to negotiate a strong global climate agreement in Paris at the end of the year as well as for federal action to establish binding national greenhouse gas emission limits.”

http://www.natlawreview.com/article/energy-and-environmental-law-update-june-22-2015

Mayors Call on President for Climate Action in US, At Paris Conference

Mayors National Climate Action Agenda Now Includes 27 Cities

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JUNE 18 – The Mayors National Climate Action Agenda today called on President Obama to fight for the strongest possible climate agreement at the upcoming 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, and for federal action to establish binding national greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the United States.

The nationwide coalition of mayors also announced it is launching a campaign to support the President and the U.S. delegation in Paris in pushing for strong action on climate change.

The Mayors National Climate Action Agenda made its call and committed to its campaign of support in a letter delivered to the White House today. Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced the letter at a climate change action event hosted by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in his city on the eve of the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors there.

Mayor Parker co-founded the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. The three Mayors represent the largest cities on the Presidential Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.

“The time for strong U.S. action is now. We look forward to standing with you here at home and in Paris to bring leadership and focus to the reality of climate change and to urge national dialogue and action,” the letter stated. “We are writing to call on you to act in the best interests of the American people and fight for the strongest possible climate agreement. The United States can and should be the leader in the transition to a clean energy economy.

“Cities across the country are already taking the lead. But we cannot act alone. We need the federal government to provide a path forward to making meaningful reductions in carbon pollution while preparing for the impacts of climate change.

“To support your leadership and assist you and the U.S. delegation in reaching the strongest possible agreement, we are launching a campaign today to engage with our constituents, elected officials and other stakeholders to help achieve … strong outcomes at the national and international levels, while building on municipal leadership on climate change.

“Momentum is building for international coordination. COP21 represents a prime opportunity for American leadership. We recognize that local governments have a major role to play in reducing greenhouse gas levels. We are encouraged that there is interest on the part of COP 21 for having language in the final agreement that specifically pertains to cities.”

The Mayors National Climate Action Agenda also announced today it now includes:

·      Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor

·      Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron

·      Austin Mayor Steve Adler

·      Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

·      Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates

·      Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum

·      Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter

·      Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman

·      Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

·      Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell

·      Houston Mayor Annise Parker

·      Kansas City Mayor Sly James

·      Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

·      Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges

·      Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

·      Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

·      Park City Mayor Jack Thomas

·      Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

·      Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

·      Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

·      Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker

·      San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

·      San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo

·      Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown

·      Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

·      Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone

·      Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland

The work of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda in the U.S. is complemented at the international level by the Compact of Mayors, a global cooperative effort among mayors and city officials committed to reducing local greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing resilience to climate change, and tracking progress transparently. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, his Special Envoy Michael R. Bloomberg, and city networks including ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) are working together to highlight and engage cities in the lead up to COP21. In the United States, the efforts of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network has been important in advancing MNCAA, including through the USDN-led Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance.