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C40 Mayors Agree: Clean Power Plan is a Big Win

C40 mayors around the United States were eager to support President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which was finalized Monday and is seen as a key component of the country’s climate commitment for the COP21 climate negotiations at the end of the year.

The new plan is widely lauded by the environmental community as an expression of the country’s leadership on climate change. Here at C40, we’re all about climate action, and we know our mayors – including those located in the United States – play an important role in helping countries around the world achieve their emissions reduction commitments.

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The C40 Steering Committee met in New York last September (Photo credit: C40)

Of course, mayors around the world have made a commitment of their own for Paris: the Compact of Mayors is the world’s largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change through emissions reduction commitments, tracking progress and preparing for the impacts of climate change.

This week, though, C40 mayors in the United States cheered the Clean Power Plan. Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti – both members of the C40 Steering Committee and founders of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda – issued a joint statement:

“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. 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.”

Other mayors commenting on the plan included Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who alluded to the recent meeting between more than 60 mayors and Pope Francis, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, and Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.

To read an op ed from C40 Board President and three-term mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg, click here.

For more information about cities and climate change, visit the C40 blog.

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. Recognizing that cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions, our organization’s global field staff works with city governments, supported by our technical experts across a range of program areas to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, and 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg is President of the Board. The Steering Committee includes: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo.

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