Cities Support Federal Action to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Press Release
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today President Obama will announce the Clean Power Plan initiative to address the threat of climate change. The following statement may be attributed to National League of Cities (NLC) President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah:

"We are glad the administration has unveiled an initiative to act aggressively on climate change. For years cities have been on the front lines dealing with climate change — from rising sea levels and wildfires to heat waves and flooding — and city leaders have been taking action on their own to improve energy efficiency, adopt renewable energy programs and improve the resiliency of their communities. We continue to urge the federal government take action to support cities and towns and make a strong commitment to an international climate agreement."

Last week, NLC sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid urging Congress to support U.S. leadership towards a United Nations climate agreement. NLC will lead a delegation of city officials to the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP-21) meeting in Paris in December.

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.