Conference: US mayors may shape national climate policy

With the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, national policy on climate change is starting to emerge from USA cities, that are working to reduce emissions and become more resilient to rising sea levels.

Such efforts, Landrieu and his colleagues say, aren't about "resistance" to Trump or boosting individual profiles.

He is the fifth New Orleans Mayor to hold that office.

The water is going to keep rising" whether United States 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 USA mayors who plan to honor the Paris climate accords in the wake of President Trump's decision to pull the USA out of the agreement.

"You can get out of it or in it, but the water's gonna keep rising", Clinton said at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a four-day gathering. "Cities and states around the country are now doing the kinds of things the national government should do". The point, the mayors argue, is to demonstrate to skeptical voters that government can work and, in the process, convince higher-ranking politicians that "compromise" and "problem-solving" can be good politics. The current president, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, is a Republican. Trust me, we can make the deal.

Cornett noted Oklahoma City has "paid cash" for a series of improvements, while Los Angeles has planned a $120 billion infrastructure plan of its own.

Landrieu points to estimates that the USA has a $5 trillion infrastructure backlog. "Mayors across the country and the US Conference of Mayors willingly and optimistically take on the challenges presented us", said Mayor Stephen Benjamin of Columbia, SC.

On health care, mayors have joined many governors to explain to the administration and members of Congress the practical effects of curbing Medicaid funding and private insurance premium subsidies, both anchors of Republican proposals pending on Capitol Hill.

Nan Whaley, mayor of Dayton, Ohio, makes a similar argument about spending cuts for treating mental illness and drug addiction. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will also attend Monday's inaugural reception for Landrieu and deliver remarks. Cornett is among several candidates in Oklahoma's Republican gubernatorial field. 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. Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles is among many sitting and former mayors who may seek California's executive seat.

Levine, a Democrat, said the "sun-and-fun" city has become "the sea-level capital of the world", and that he has overseen adaptive measures to adapt to rising tides.

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

De Blasio said they'd push the Senate to delay its vote on the bill from Thursday, and work to push for changes before then.

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