Local Leaders Will Not Let Washington Deter Them from Fighting Climate Change

Responding to President Donald Trump’s Energy Independence Executive Order, National League of Cities’ President Matt Zone, councilmember, Cleveland, said “Cities have already taken bold action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare our communities for extreme weather events, and we stand ready to continue this work.” Trump’s executive order is a step towards undoing the Clean Power Plan.

The National League of Cities (NLC) helps city leaders with community development. NLC is active in 19,000 cities, towns, and villages across the country. In anticipation of the executive decision, over 70 local elected officials signed a climate action letter in NLC’s recent Congressional City Conference.

Zone also stated “Local leaders are on the front lines of the fight against climate change every day, and we will continue to advocate for ambitious policies that address this global crisis, spur action at the local level and support our cities. Cities will continue to lead on fighting climate change, protecting public health and promoting a safer, cleaner planet — even if Washington will not.”


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