Climate Mayors Statement on President Biden’s Executive Order to Rejoin Paris Agreement

JANUARY 20, 2021 — Today, Climate Mayors, a bipartisan network of over 470 U.S. mayors working to combat climate change through meaningful actions in their communities, issued the following statement regarding President Biden’s Executive Order to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement:

“Since 2017, when the previous administration announced its intention to leave the Paris Agreement, Climate Mayors served as a bulwark against climate complacency. Our 474 member cities have remained committed to upholding the Paris Agreement, and have taken strong actions to reduce carbon emissions and keep the United States on a path of climate progress.

“This past year, our cities were ground zero for the fourfold crisis the Biden administration intends to prioritize: the COVID-19 pandemic, a profound economic downturn, extreme climate impacts and a national reckoning with racial inequity. We are at an inflection point and, for cities, the stakes could not be higher.

“Against this urgent backdrop, Climate Mayors applaud and endorse President Biden’s decision to rejoin the Paris Agreement. With the stakes so high, we are eager to collaborate with a federal administration committed to urgent, bold climate action at the national and international levels. As leaders on the ground, we keenly understand that climate action will not only protect human civilization and prevent irreparable climate disruption, but will also make American cities cleaner, healthier and more equitable.

“This announcement is only the beginning; there is still a lot of work to do. It is essential that the transition to a green energy economy is front and center in any comprehensive economic stimulus package. Climate Mayors are ready to partner immediately on accelerated climate solutions here in the U.S. and abroad. The future of our economy, our public health, and our world depend on it.”

Climate Mayors Statement on the Five-Year Anniversary of Paris Climate Agreement

DECEMBER 11, 2020 — Today, the Climate Mayors, a bipartisan network of U.S. mayors working to combat climate change through meaningful actions in their communities, issued the following statement in regards to the fifth anniversary of the landmark agreement at the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 to combat climate change:

“As mayors, we’re close to the people we serve. We see how climate change is already impacting the residents in our cities, and we know how important it is to take decisive action for the sake of public safety and public health. American cities have long led on climate action in the U.S., especially in the absence of national climate leadership over the last four years.

“When the stakes couldn’t be higher, we are pleased to usher in a new federal administration committed to urgent, bold climate policies that are necessary to protect human civilization and beat the ten-year clock counting down to massive, irreparable climate disruption.

“As we approach the five-year anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement, Climate Mayors members once again reaffirm our commitment to upholding the Agreement and look forward to working with the Biden-Harris Administration to accelerate our ongoing efforts to curb emissions and prevent the worst effects of climate change. Mayors rallied in support of the Agreement in 2017 when the administration first announced the U.S. would withdraw. Now over 460 Climate Mayors remain committed to upholding the Agreement and to pursuing ambitious action in their communities and around the world.

“Coordinated climate action is more necessary now than ever. This year, our cities have faced many crises at once: an increasingly warmer climate, the global public health emergency of COVID-19, a profound economic crisis, and a national reckoning with racial inequity. As we stated in our letter to Congressional leadership in July, and reinforced throughout our National Dialogue on Green and Equitable Recovery series over the past six months, Climate Mayors are urging the incoming administration and federal policymakers to tackle these crises together based on the following principles:

  1. Build for a Better Future: Returning to the status quo is not sufficient in meeting the challenges of climate change and inequities in our society. We must increase our resolve and ambition to reinvest in America’s communities.
  2. Lead with Equity: Federal investments in our municipalities must prioritize those communities who have been left behind, and frontline communities and people of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change and COVID-19.
  3. Prioritize Multiple Benefits: The best investments will create jobs, strengthen community cohesion and resilience, and improve health outcomes in our cities and towns.

“COVID-19 has made it clear that we need to plan for the future, we need to listen to scientists, and we need to make sustainability a fundamental value of our society. Everything we want to accomplish right now — public health, public safety, racial justice, economic growth, and an equitable recovery from COVID-19 — all depends on a healthy environment. Climate action is the best investment we can make in our cities, our nation, and the world to ensure a sustainable, just, and resilient future.”

Climate Mayors Urge Congressional Leadership to Advance a Green and Equitable Recovery

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader McCarthy, and Minority Leader Schumer,

We are at a pivotal moment in our nation’s history. We began the year committed to protecting human civilization and beating the ten-year clock counting down to massive, irreparable climate disruption. Three months in, an unimaginable public health emergency of COVID-19 has been accompanied by a profound economic crisis and a national reckoning with racial inequity faced by communities of color. These communities have long suffered disproportionately from air pollution and other toxic exposure and are now getting hit hardest by the health and economic impacts of this pandemic. As mayors and local leaders, we stand on the front lines of this moment – and we are determined to meet it with strength, resilience, resolve, and bold action to protect our planet and build a more just future for all Americans.

So far, Congress has passed important legislation to respond to the pandemic, invest in our small businesses, support working families, and increase our testing capacity. But these bills, while critical, remain incomplete. Our nation and our cities need our representatives in Washington D.C. to move forward with a bold and innovative recovery package that takes direct, strategic steps to lift up our most vulnerable residents and communities.

We need that kind of approach to continue managing the fallout from COVID-19 – much the same way we focus on equity and fairness in our work to tackle the climate crisis.

Climate Mayors – a  bipartisan network of over 450 U.S. mayors – is playing a leading role to preserve our environment, create good-paying green jobs, invest in clean air, clean water, and clean energy, and uphold the goals of the Paris Agreement at the local level. This commitment remains steadfast even in these times of turbulence and turmoil, and we will continue to prioritize policies and programs that help build for a better, more sustainable tomorrow.

As elected officials weigh the responses that incentivize a just, equitable, and sustainable economic recovery from this crisis, leaders in Congress should look no further than the recommendations from Climate Mayors attached to this letter. We lay out the core building blocks of a healthy, dynamic, fair economy founded on a level playing field – emphasizing innovation and infrastructure, lower energy costs, greater access to clean energy, and increased investment in public transit. We possess one of the greatest opportunities for economic growth and the reduction of greenhouse gases our generation has ever seen – and we have to seize it.

Cities across America have long demonstrated that economic growth and environmental stewardship go hand in hand – and now, our federal government can show the world that investments in a zero-carbon economy are investments in the future of our workforce, the well-being of generations, and the resilience of our infrastructure and public spaces. This moment demands that we accelerate our efforts to drive ambitious, systemic change.

Times of crisis can lead to confusion, or clarity. We Climate Mayors are expressing to our congressional leadership a shared clarity that we must tackle these crises together based on the following principles:

  1. Build for a Better Future: Returning to the status quo is not sufficient in meeting the challenges of climate change and inequities in our society. We must increase our resolve and ambition to reinvest in America’s communities.
  2. Lead with Equity: Federal investments in our municipalities must prioritize those communities who have been left behind, and frontline communities and people of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change and COVID-19.
  3. Prioritize Multiple Benefits: The best investments will create jobs, strengthen community cohesion and resilience, and improve health outcomes in our cities and towns.

Cities throughout the United States are under tremendous pressure. In the face of the immediate crises – as well as the omnipresent threat of climate change – we encourage Congress to look to our local governments and communities to find meaningful solutions to these shared challenges. If fully funded, effectively implemented, and flexible enough to adapt locally, the policies highlighted in the Annex attached will have a lasting impact on our ability to meet the scope and scale of the challenges before us.

Thank you for your consideration of these recommendations. We look forward to working with you to build a better future behind a clear vision for protecting the environment and making our economy work for everyone.

Respectfully,

Chair & Co-Chairs 

Mayor Eric Garcetti
Los Angeles, CA

Mayor Marty Walsh
Boston, MA

Mayor Sylvester Turner
Houston, TX

Steering Committee

Mayor Tim Keller
Albuquerque, NM

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz
Anchorage, AK

Mayor Steve Adler
Austin, TX

Mayor Michael Cahill
Beverly, MA

Mayor James Brainard
Carmel, IN

Mayor Eric Johnson
Dallas, TX

Mayor Michael Hancock
Denver, CO

Mayor Frank Cownie
Des Moines, IA

Mayor Mike Duggan
Detroit, MI

Mayor James Hovland
Edina, MN

Mayor Lucy Vins
Eugene, OR

Mayor Lioneld Jordan
Fayetteville, AR

Mayor Kirk Caldwell
Honolulu, HI

Mayor Greg Fischer
Louisville, KY

Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway
Madison, WI

Mayor LaToya Cantrell
New Orleans, LA

Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York City, NY

Mayor Buddy Dyer
Orlando, FL

Mayor Kate Gallego
Phoenix, AZ

Mayor Bill Peduto
Pittsburgh, PA

Mayor Melvin Carter
Saint Paul, MN

Mayor Ron Nirenberg
San Antonio, TX

Mayor Jane Castor
Tampa, FL

Membership

Mayor Kathy Sheehan
Albany, NY

Mayor Justin Wilson
Alexandria, VA

Mayor Jeanne Sorg
Ambler, PA

Mayor Gary Goosman
Amesville, OH

Mayor Terence Roberts
Anderson, SC

Mayor Christopher Taylor
Ann Arbor, MI

Michael Winkler
Arcata, CA

Mayor Nancy Kaboolian
Ardsley, NY

Mayor Esther Manheimer
Asheville, NC

Mayor Torre
Aspen, CO

Mayor Keisha Bottoms
Atlanta, GA

Mayor Bernard Young
Baltimore, MD

Mayor Lee Kyriacou
Beacon, NY

Mayor Denny Doyle
Beaverton, OR

Mayor Jesse Arreguín
Berkeley, CA

Mayor Lauren McLean
Boise, ID

Mayor Sam Weaver
Boulder, CO

Mayor Steven B. Grant
Boynton Beach, FL

Mayor Chris Mehl
Bozeman, MT

Mayor Eric Mamula
Breckenridge, CO

Mayor Terry O’Connell
Brisbane, CA

Mayor Emily Beach
Burlingame, CA

Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington, VT

Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui
Cambridge, MA

Mayor Bob Hoog
Cape Canaveral, FL

Mayor Albert Robles
Carson, CA

Mayor Pam Hemminger
Chapel Hill, NC

Mayor John Tecklenburg
Charleston, SC

Mayor Vi Lyles
Charlotte, NC

Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Chicago, IL

Mayor John Cranley
Cincinnati, OH

Mayor Larry Schroeder
Claremont, CA

Mayor Charlene Lovett
Claremont, NH

Mayor Louis Sarbone
Coconut Creek, FL

Mayor Patrick L. Wojahn
College Park, MD

Mayor Brian Treece
Columbia, MO

Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin
Columbia, SC

Mayor Andrew Ginther
Columbus, OH

Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh
Cooperstown, NY

Mayor Brian Tobin
Cortland, NY

Mayor Biff Traber
Corvallis, OR

Mayor Mary Salas
Chula Vista, CA

Mayor Tim Meerbott
Cutler Bay, FL

Mayor Nan Whaley
Dayton, OH

Mayor Vincent Rosillo
Dobbs Ferry, NY

Mayor David G. Haubert
Dublin, CA

Mayor Roy D. Buol
Dubuque, IA

Mayor Emily Larson
Duluth, MN

Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski
Dunedin, FL

Mayor Nicole Nesby
Duquesne, PA

Mayor Ron Case
Eden Prairie, MN

Mayor Christian Patz
Emeryville, CA

Mayor Joe Schember
Erie, PA

Mayor Steve Hagerty
Evanston, IL

Mayor Colleen Mahr
Fanwood, NJ

Mayor Melanie Piana
Ferndale, MI

Mayor Coral Evans
Flagstaff, AZ

Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer
Framingham, MA

Mayor Lily Mei
Fremont, CA

Mayor Wade Troxell
Fort Collins, CO

Mayor Tom Henry
Fort Wayne, IN

Mayor Leeman Kessler
Gambier, OH

Mayor Jerome Prince
Gary, IN

Mayor Paula Perotte
Goleta, CA

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss
Grand Rapids, MI

Mayor Karylinn Echols
Gresham, OR

Mayor Eric Genrich
Green Bay, WI

Mayor Joy Cooper
Hallandale Beach, FL

Mayor Nicola Armacosti
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Mayor Harry Kim
Hawaiii, HI

Mayor Barbara Halliday
Hayward, CA

Mayor Ravinder Bhalla
Hoboken, NJ

Mayor Alex Morse
Holyoke, MA

Mayor Bob Paul
Huntington Woods, MI

Mayor Serge Dedina
Imperial Beach, CA

Mayor Joe Hogsett
Indianapolis, IN

Mayor Derek Dobies
Jackson, MI

Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba
Jackson, MS

Mayor Steven M. Fulop
Jersey City, NJ

Mayor Derek Kawakami
Kaua’i, HI

Mayor Jose Alvarez
Kissimmee, FL

Mayor Indya Kincannon
Knoxville, TN

Mayor Andrew Hosmer
Laconia, NH

Mayor Adam Paul
Lakewood, CO

Mayor Danene Sorace
Lancaster, PA

Mayor Andy Schor
Lansing, MI

Mayor Ken Miyagishima
Las Cruces, NM

Mayor Craig A. Moe
Laurel, MD

Mayor Theodore Becker
Lewes, DE

Mayor Brian Bagley
Longmont, CO

Mayor Robert Garcia
Long Beach, CA

Mayor Richard Montgomery
Manhattan Beach, CA

Supervisor/Mayor Richard Parete
Marbletown, NY

Mayor Michael Victorino
Maui, HI

Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn
Medford, MA

Mayor Paul Brodeur
Melrose, MA

Mayor Jim Strickland
Memphis, TN

Mayor Francis Suarez
Miami, FL

Mayor Dan Gelber
Miami Beach, FL

Mayor Gudrip Bar
Middleton, WI

Mayor Benjamin Florsheim
Middletown, CT

Mayor Mark Gamba
Milwaukie, OR

Mayor Jacob Frey
Minneapolis, MN

Mayor Wayne M. Messam
Miramar, FL

Mayor Emily Niehaus
Moab, UT

Mayor Anne Watson
Montpelier, VT

Mayor Arlene Burns
Mosier, OR

Mayor Jennifer Gregerson
Mukilteo, WA

Mayor John Cooper
Nashville, TN

Mayor Kristopher Larsen
Nederland, CO

Mayor Ras Baraka
Newark, NJ

Mayor Donna Holaday
Newburyport, MA

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller
Newton, MA

Mayor Jon Mitchell
New Bedford, MA

Mayor David Narkewicz
Northampton, MA

Mayor Meredith Leighty
Northglenn, CO

Mayor Libby Schaaf
Oakland, CA

Mayor Cheryl Selby
Olympia, WA

Mayor Andy Beerman
Park City, UT

Mayor Jim Kenney
Philadelphia, PA

Mayor Linda Tyer
Pittsfield, MA

Mayor Kurt Metzger
Pleasant Ridge, MI

Mayor Ted Wheeler
Portland, OR

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza
Providence, RI

Mayor Cory Mason
Racine, WI

Mayor Tom Butt
Richmond, CA

Mayor Levar Stoney
Richmond, VA

Mayor Kim Norton
Rochester, MN

Mayor Caroline McCarley
Rochester, NH

Mayor Lovely Warren
Rochester, NY

Mayor Mike Fournier
Royal Oak, MI

Mayor Darrell Steinberg
Sacramento, CA

Mayor Kimberly Driscoll
Salem, MA

Mayor Erin Mendenhall
Salt Lake City, UT

Mayor London Breed
San Francisco, CA

Mayor Sam Liccardo
San Jose, CA

Mayor Pauline Cutter
San Leandro, CA

Mayor Heidi Harmon
San Luis Obispo, CA

Mayor Gary Philips
San Rafael, CA

Mayor Miguel Pulido
Santa Ana, CA

Mayor Justin Cummings
Santa Cruz, CA

Mayor Kevin McKeown
Santa Monica, CA

Mayor Meg Kelly
Saratoga Springs, NY

Mayor Van Johnson
Savannah, GA

Mayor Jenny Durkan
Seattle, WA

Mayor George Van Dusen
Skokie, IL

Mayor Scott Saunders
Smithville, TX

Mayor Joseph A Curtalone
Somerville, MA

Mayor Sally B. Phillips
South Miami, FL

Mayor Ronald Filippelli
State College, PA

Mayor Michael Tubbs
Stockton, CA

Mayor Lyda Krewson
St. Louis, MO

Mayor Rick Kriseman
St. Petersburg, FL

Mayor Michael J. Ryan
Sunrise, FL

Mayor Thomas W. Fromm
Swedesboro, NJ

Mayor Victoria Woodards
Tacoma, WA

Mayor John E. Dailey
Tallahassee, FL

Mayor Drew Fixell
Tarrytown, NY

Mayor DeLanie Young
Telluride, CO

Mayor Corey Woods
Tempe, AZ

Mayor Patrick J. Furey
Torrance, CA

Mayor Regina Romero
Tucson, AZ

Mayor Dave Chapin
Vail, CO

Mayor Jack McEvoy
Verona, NJ

Mayor Muriel Bowser
Washington, DC

Mayor Rebecca J. Garcia
Watsonville, CA

Mayor Russ Axelrod
West Linn, OR

Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath
West Hollywood, CA

Mayor Keith James
West Palm Beach, FL

Mayor Daniel Corona
West Wendover, NV

Mayor Thomas Roach
White Plains, NY

Mayor Brian Sager
Woodstock, IL

Mayor Lois Richardson
Ypsilanti, MI

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Climate Mayors Statement on the Trump Administration’s Announcement of Formal Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

NOVEMBER 4, 2019 — Today, the Climate Mayors, a non-partisan network of U.S. mayors working to combat climate change through meaningful actions in their communities, issued the following statement denouncing the Trump administration’s announcement that it will begin formal withdrawal proceedings from the Paris Agreement:

“The Trump administration’s announcement reaffirms what we’ve already known: this administration is willing to ignore the realities of climate change and risk the physical and financial health of Americans.

“From heavy flooding in the Midwestern plains to intense storms and sea level rise on the coasts, cities across the country are already feeling the impacts of the climate crisis. Despite misguided decisions from the White House, mayors are continuing to step up with innovative and impactful policies to curb emissions from the bottom-up, from deploying more electric vehicles to installing more renewable energy.

“From the moment President Trump announced his withdrawal from Paris, our coalition has continued to grow. Now, we represent 435 mayors and over 71 million Americans from both red and blue states, all working together to demonstrate leadership on climate change. No matter what the White House throws our way, Climate Mayors will remain steadfast in upholding the commitments made under the Paris Agreement – and we’ll continue leading climate progress in cities across the country.”

Climate Mayors Statement on President Trump’s Revocation of California Clean Air Act Waiver

September 18, 2019 – Today, a spokesperson from Climate Mayors issued the following statement around the Trump administration’s revocation of California’s waiver under the Clean Air Act:

“President Trump’s announcement today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will rescind California’s authority to regulate pollution from automobiles runs in direct opposition to the EPA’s stated mission and the federal Clean Air Act (CAA), and will be harmful to our residents’ physical and financial health – impacts that we simply cannot afford in the face of a growing climate crisis. We need carmakers to harness their innovation and accelerate the nation’s progress toward a new, clean era of transportation. Instead, today’s decision will stall the progress we’ve already made in cleaning up our transportation sector, the highest-polluting sector in the United States.

Under the CAA, California has the authority to adopt stronger pollution standards than those set by the federal government. Other states have not been granted similar authority but can opt to follow California’s motor vehicle emission regulations. Maintaining state authority to protect local communities from pollution has strong support from Climate Mayors across the country who want to take meaningful and ambitious action toward fighting climate change. The administration’s ironic assault on states’ rights will directly harm the more than 118 million people living in 14 states and the District of Columbia that have adopted more stringent vehicle pollution standards in order to protect the health of their communities.

But whether or not the White House is on board, this much is clear: the automotive industry is already producing cleaner and, increasingly, more zero-emissions vehicles – not just because they’re good for the environment, but also because of the economic and public health benefits that follow. That’s why companies such as Honda, Ford, Volkswagen, and BMW have already expressed their commitment to maintaining strong emissions standards established in 2012 and currently under threat by the Trump administration. And it’s also why Climate Mayors across the country are making strides in deploying clean vehicles in their cities. The Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative is bringing cities to the table and deploying electric vehicles to streets from coast-to-coast – and no decision from the White House will stop our progress.

As Climate Mayors representing over 71 million Americans in over 430 cities across the United States, we are committed to leading on climate action, no matter who occupies the Oval Office. We will continue our efforts to hasten the transition to more efficient and zero-emissions vehicles because we know it’s what’s best for our residents, our economy, and our environment.”

Climate Mayors Statement in Support of Strong Auto Efficiency Standards

Climate Mayors responds to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s April 2, 2018 announcement of proposed weakening of corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards

As mayors representing 69 million Americans, across 47 states (and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico), with millions of vehicles on our roads, we strongly support the current federal standards on vehicle fuel efficiency and oppose the Trump Administration’s efforts to roll back this important policy.  Today’s announcement leaves the health of American families hanging in the balance while creating uncertainty in the automotive market. The standards adopted by the US EPA in 2011 are saving American drivers money at the gas pump, keeping the country competitive in a sector trending toward zero emissions innovation, and cleaning up the air we all breathe.

As mayors, we are bound by our common commitment to lead in the fight against climate change. Last year 30 Climate Mayors released a joint Electric Vehicle Request for Information (EV RFI) proving to car companies that if they build zero emissions vehicles, we will buy them. These first 30 cities put forward a combined 114,000 vehicles representing $10 billion in industry value. We want these vehicles because they save us money, offer new technologies and services, and protect local communities from harmful air pollution.

We will continue our efforts to hasten the transition to more efficient and zero emissions vehicles. We had long viewed the federal government as a partner on clean cars, but we won’t let it take us backwards.

Climate Mayors Submit Comments on Proposed Repeal of Clean Power Plan

244 U.S. Mayors from 48 states and territories, representing over 52 million Americans, strongly oppose EPA’s proposed repeal of Clean Power Plan

In a comment letter re-submitted today to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 244 mayors from 48 states and territories voice opposition to efforts by the Trump administration and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, as it would have devastating health and economic impacts on their communities, including exposing Americans to increased air pollution, worsening climate change, and more extreme weather events.  This comment letter was originally submitted to US EPA on February 20, 2018 with 233 signatories. Additional mayors wishing to add their support to this comment letter should email: info@climate-mayors.org to be included.

 

March 27, 2018

By electronic mail (a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov) and first class mail

Administrator Scott Pruitt
Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC)
Mail Code 28221T
Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460

Administrator Pruitt:

As mayors from 244 U.S. cities, we submit this letter of comment to oppose the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan, Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units.

Collectively, we represent over 52 million residents, in 48 states & territories across the country. We strongly oppose the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan, which would put our citizens at risk and harm our efforts to address the urgent threat of climate change.

Climate Change is Global but Impacts are Felt Locally

Communities across the country are experiencing the effects of climate change today: sea level rise; hotter, longer, and more frequent heat waves; increased extreme weather; and many other harmful impacts. There is broad agreement that the future economic costs of climate change should not be overlooked. On our current path, the annual cost of coastal storm damage is expected to climb to as high as $35 billion by the 2030s; coastal property valued at $66 to $106 billion will likely be underwater by 2050.

No one is insulated from the impacts of climate change – people in cities of all sizes, along with suburban and rural communities are all at risk. Residents of our communities have experienced harmful impacts of climate change such as dirtier air, increased heat-related illnesses and deaths, damaged and disappearing coastlines, longer droughts and other strains on water quantity and quality, and increasingly frequent and severe storms and wildfires.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is essential to protect our citizens against the worst impacts of climate change. A peer reviewed study conducted by EPA projected stark differences between a world in the year 2100 where global warming averages 2 degrees Celsius—a goal for which the Clean Power Plan is critical—and one in which global warming averages 4 degrees Celsius: 57,000 fewer domestic deaths per year due to poor air quality; 12,000 fewer domestic deaths per year from extreme heat and cold in 49 U.S. cities; up to $6.4 billion in avoided annual adaptation costs from severe precipitation in 50 U.S. cities; $3.1 billion in avoided annual damages and adaptation costs from sea level rise and storm surge on the coasts; and up to $2.5 billion in avoided damages from inland flooding.

Repealing the Clean Power Plan Would Slow Local Efforts to Address Climate Change

Not only are climate change impacts felt locally — our communities are also where climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts are being implemented. Urban, suburban, and rural communities across the country are reducing their contributions to greenhouse gas emissions by investing in energy efficiency, committing to the use of clean energy resources, and reducing reliance on fossil-fueled energy sources—efforts that protect against climate change, and also support clean air and a vibrant clean energy economy.

But the legal authority of cities and other municipalities generally extends only as far as their state governments and federal law allow, and as a result, our local efforts to address climate change are highly sensitive to national policies like the Clean Power Plan, which shape markets, steer state action, and have large direct impacts on nationwide emissions.

We would benefit from the support and certainty that a federal framework for reducing the power sector’s greenhouse gas emissions could provide. The Clean Power Plan, by providing such a framework, would enhance ongoing local efforts and enable new local initiatives to improve public health, increase air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy innovation.

We would like to reiterate a statement that more than 25 mayors delivered during the course of the Clean Power Plan development: “[W]e 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.”

As 244 mayors of communities across the U.S., representing over 52 million residents in 48 states & territories we strongly oppose the repeal of the Clean Power Plan, which would put our citizens at risk and undermine our efforts to prepare for and protect against the worst impacts of climate change.

Sincerely,

Mayor Peggy McQuaid
Albany, CA

Mayor Kathy Sheehan
Albany, NY

Mayor Tim Keller
Albuquerque, NM

Mayor Ed Pawlowski
Allentown PA

Mayor Gary Goosman
Amesville, OH

Mayor Sofia Pereira
Arcata, CA

Mayor Nancy Kaboolian
Ardsley, NY

Mayor Esther Manheimer
Asheville, NC

Mayor Steve Skadron
Aspen, CO

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
Atlanta, GA

Mayor Steve Adler
Austin, TX

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh
Baltimore, MD

Mayor Kelli Linville
Bellingham, WA

Mayor Jesse Arreguin
Berkeley, CA

Mayor Robert J. Donchez
Bethlehem, PA

Mayor Michael P. Cahill
Beverly, MA

Mayor Lili Bosse
Beverly Hills, CA

Mayor Randall Woodfin
Birmingham, AL

Mayor Leslie Hager-Smith
Blacksburg, VA

Mayor David H. Bieter
Boise, ID

Mayor Martin J. Walsh
Boston, MA

Mayor Suzanne Jones
Boulder, CO

Mayor Eric Mamula
Breckenridge, CO

Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
Bridgeport, CT

Mayor W. Clarke Conway
Brisbane, CA

Mayor Brenda J. Hess
Buchanan, MI

Mayor Byron W. Brown
Buffalo, NY

Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington, VT

Mayor Edwin García Feliciano
Camuy, PR

Mayor Robert J. Moffatt, VMD
Cape May Point, NJ

Mayor Jim Brainard
Carmel, IN

Mayor Lydia E. Lavelle
Carrboro, NC

Mayor Mike Webb
Carver, MN

Mayor Pam Hemminger
Chapel Hill, NC

Mayor John Tecklenburg
Charleston, SC

Mayor Scott Rogers
Charles Town, WV

Mayor Andy Berke
Chattanooga, TN

Mayor Chuck Cahn
Cherry Hill, NJ

Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Chicago, IL

Mayor Mary Casillas Salas
Chula Vista, CA

Mayor John Cranley
Cincinnati, OH

Mayor Ted Terry
Clarkston, GA

Mayor Frank G. Jackson
Cleveland, OH

Mayor Patrick Wojahn
College Park, MD

Mayor Brian Treece
Columbia, MO

Mayor Steve Benjamin
Columbia, SC

Mayor Jeff Katz
Cooperstown, NY

Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli
Coral Gables, FL

Mayor Carla Condon
Corte Madera, CA

Mayor Brian Tobin
Cortland, NY

Mayor Biff Traber
Corvallis, OR

Mayor Mark Landman
Cotati, CA

Mayor Roger W. Foster
Crete, NE

Mayor Darcy Paul
Cupertino, CA

Mayor Mike Rawlings
Dallas, TX

Mayor Juslyn Manalo
Daly City, CA

Mayor Robb Davis
Davis, CA

Mayor Cary Glickstein
Delray Beach, FL

Mayor Michael B. Hancock
Denver, CO

Mayor Josh Maxwell
Downingtown, PA

Mayor David Haubert
Dublin, CA

Mayor Roy D. Buol
Dubuque, IA

Mayor Emily Larson
Duluth, MN

Mayor Stephen M. Schewel
Durham, NC

Mayor Brad Cohen
East Brunswick Township, NJ

Mayor Mark S. Meadows
East Lansing, MI

Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens
Eden Prairie, MN

Mayor James Hovland
Edina, MN

Mayor Dave Earling
Edmonds, WA

Mayor David Kaptain
Elgin, IL

Mayor John J. Bauters
Emeryville, CA

Mayor Lucy Vinis
Eugene, OR

Mayor Stephen H. Hagerty
Evanston, IL

Mayor Karl W. Kassel
Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK

Mayor Ed Malloy
Fairfield, IA

Mayor Peter Lindstrom
Falcon Heights, MN

Mayor David Tarter
Falls Church, VA

Mayor Colleen Mahr
Fanwood, NJ

Mayor Lioneld Jordan
Fayetteville, AR

Mayor David Coulter
Ferndale, MI

Mayor Lindy Peters
Fort Bragg, CA

Mayor Wade Troxell
Fort Collins, CO

Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Mayor Thomas C. Henry
Fort Wayne, IN

Mayor Bob Scott
Franklin, NC

Mayor Lily Mei
Fremont, CA

Mayor Gary Wilkinson
Frisco, CO

Mayor Lauren B. Poe
Gainesville, FL

Mayor J Kachen Kimmell
Gambier, Ohio

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson
Gary, IN

Mayor Tammy Stempel
Gladstone, OR

Mayor Bruce J Packer
Glen Rock, NJ

Mayor Marjorie Sloan
Golden, CO

Mayor Paula Perotte
Goleta, CA

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss
Grand Rapids, MI

Mayor Emmett V. Jordan
Greenbelt, MD

Mayor Peter Swiderski
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Mayor Harry Kim
County of Hawai’i, HI

Mayor Barbara Halliday
Hayward, CA

Mayor Nancy Rotering
Highland Park, IL

Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler
Highland Park, NJ

Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla
Hoboken, NJ

Mayor Josh Levy
Hollywood, FL

Mayor Alex Morse
Holyoke, MA

Mayor Kirk Caldwell
Honolulu, HI

Mayor Paul Blackburn
Hood River, OR

Mayor Sylvester Turner
Houston, TX

Mayor Candace B. Hollingsworth
Hyattsville, MD

Mayor Serge Dedina
Imperial Beach, CA

Mayor Jim Throgmorton
Iowa City, IA

Mayor Svante Myrick
Ithaca, NY

Mayor Pete Muldoon
Jackson, WY

Mayor Sly James
Kansas City, MO

Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr
Kauai, HI

Mayor John Antaramian
Kenosha, WI

Mayor Steve Noble
Kingston, NY

Mayor Madeline Rogero
Knoxville, TN

Mayor Tim Kabat
La Crosse, WI

Mayor Christine Berg
Lafayette, CO

Mayor Robert Blais
Lake George Village, NY

Mayor Adam Paul
Lakewood, CO

Mayor Danene Sorace
Lancaster, PA

Mayor William J Sprague
Lapeer, MI

Mayor Ken Miyagishima
Las Cruces NM

Mayor Craig A. Moe
Laurel, MD

Mayor Stuart Boley
Lawrence, KS

Mayor Theodore Becker
Lewes, DE

Mayor Robert Garcia
Long Beach, CA

Mayor Adam Schneider
Long Branch, NJ

Mayor Eric Garcetti
Los Angeles, CA

Mayor Greg Fischer
Louisville, KY

Mayor Paul Soglin
Madison, WI

Mayor Joyce Craig
Manchester, NH

Mayor Amy Howorth
Manhattan Beach, CA

Mayor Barry J. Greenberg
Maplewood, MO

Mayor Alan M. Arakawa
Maui, HI

Mayor Stephanie M. Burke
Medford, MA

Mayor Jim Strickland
Memphis, TN

Mayor Dan Gelber
Miami Beach, FL

Mayor Gurdip Brar, Ph.D.
Middleton, WI

Mayor Daniel T. Drew
Middletown, CT

Mayor Sean Strub
Milford, PA

Mayor Jeff Silvestrini
Millcreek, UT

Mayor Tom Barrett
Milwaukee, WI

Mayor Jacob Frey
Minneapolis, MN

Mayor John Engen
Missoula, MT

Mayor Mary O’Connor
Monona, WI

Mayor Jamie Irons
Morro Bay, CA

Mayor Arlene Burns
Mosier, OR

Mayor Lenny Siegel
Mountain View, CA

Mayor Frederick T. Courtright
Mount Pocono, PA

Mayor Jill Techel
Napa, CA

Mayor Megan Barry
Nashville, TN

Mayor Kristopher Larsen
Nederland, CO

Mayor Jon Mitchell
New Bedford, MA

Mayor Donna D. Holaday
Newburyport, MA

Mayor Toni N. Harp
New Haven, CT

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu
New Orleans, LA

Town Supervisor Neil Bettez
New Paltz, NY

Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York City, NY

Mayor Paul A. Dyster
Niagara Falls, NY

Mayor Lynne Miller
Norman, OK

Mayor David J. Narkewicz
Northampton, MA

Mayor Smith Joseph D.O., Pharm.D.
North Miami, FL

 

 

Mayor Don Hammond
Nyack, New York

Mayor Libby Schaaf
Oakland, CA

Mayor Johnny Johnston
Ojai, CA

Mayor Cheryl Selby
Olympia, WA

Mayor Buddy Dyer
Orlando, FL

Mayor Victoria Gearity
Ossining, NY

Mayor Andy Beerman
Park City, UT

Mayor Donald R. Grebien
Pawtucket, RI

Mayor Frank C. Ortis
Pembroke Pines, FL

Mayor Jim Kenney
Philadelphia, PA

Mayor Cindy Perry
Pittsboro, NC

Mayor Jeremy Johnson
Pittsburg, KS

Mayor William Peduto
Pittsburgh, PA

Mayor Kurt R. Metzger
Pleasant Ridge, MI

Mayor Ethan Strimling
Portland, ME

Mayor Ted Wheeler
Portland, OR

Mayor Deborah Stinson
Port Townsend, WA

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza
Providence, RI

Mayor Paul Kuhns
Rehoboth Beach, DE

Mayor Hillary Schieve
Reno, NV

Mayor Tom Butt
Richmond, CA

Mayor Levar M. Stoney
Richmond, VA

Mayor Lovely Warren
Rochester, NY

Mayor Darrell Steinberg
Sacramento, CA

Mayor Jacob Day
Salisbury, MD

Mayor Jackie Biskupski
Salt Lake City, UT

Mayor Ron Nirenberg
San Antonio, TX

Mayor Kevin Faulconer
San Diego, CA

Mayor Mark Farrell
San Francisco, CA

Mayor Sam Liccardo
San José, CA

Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter
San Leandro, CA

Mayor Heidi Harmon
San Luis Obispo, CA

Mayor Rick Bonilla
San Mateo, CA

Mayor David J. Terrazas
Santa Cruz, CA

Mayor Javier M. Gonzales
Santa Fe, NM

Mayor Ted Winterer
Santa Monica, CA

Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie
Sarasota, FL

Mayor Chris Lain
Savanna, IL

Mayor Jenny Durkan
Seattle, WA

Mayor Michael Gonnelli
Secaucus, NJ

Mayor George Van Dusen
Skokie, IL

Mayor Ken Wray
Sleepy Hollow, NY

Mayor Scott Saunders
Smithville, TX

Mayor Matthew R. Larson
Snoqualmie, WA

Mayor Jeffrey Slavin
Somerset, MD

Mayor Dana S. Hilliard
Somersworth, NH

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone
Somerville, MA

Mayor Pete Buttigieg
South Bend, IN

Mayor Philip Stoddard
South Miami, FL

Mayor Sheena C. Collum
South Orange Village, NJ

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno
Springfield, MA

Mayor David Martin
Stamford, CT

Mayor Donald M. Hahn
State College, PA

Mayor Lyda Krewson
St. Louis, MO

Mayor Michael Tubbs
Stockton, CA

Mayor Melvin Carter
St. Paul, MN

Mayor Glenn Hendricks
Sunnyvale, CA

Mayor Daniel Dietch
Surfside, FL

Mayor Tim Kearney
Swarthmore, PA

Mayor Thomas Fromm
Swedesboro, NJ

Mayor Kate Stewart
Takoma Park, MD

Mayor Drew Fixell
Tarrytown, NY

Mayor Sean Murphy
Telluride, CO

Mayor Jim Carruthers
Traverse City, MI

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild
Tucson, AZ

Mayor Brian P. Stack
Union City, NJ

Mayor Shelley Welsch
University City, MO

Mayor Dave Chapin
Vail, CO

Mayor Kevin J. Ryan
Verona, NJ

Mayor Muriel Bowser
Washington, DC

Mayor Lowell Hurst
Watsonville, CA

Mayor John Heilman
West Hollywood, CA

Mayor John Dennis
West Lafayette, IN

Mayor Daniel J. Stermer
Weston, FL

Mayor Jeri Muoio
West Palm Beach, FL

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
West Sacramento, CA

Mayor Daniel Corona
West Wendover, NV

Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge, CO

Mayor Thomas Roach
White Plains, NY

Mayor Mike Spano
Yonkers, NY

Mayor Amanda Marie Edmonds
Ypsilanti, MI

The comment letter was originally released on February 20, 2018 (5:00am PST) with 233 signatories. Updated signatories as of 11:00 am PST on March 27, 2018. Mayors wishing to add their support to this comment letter should email: info@climate-mayors.org before the closing of the EPA Comment Period on April 26, 2018.

468 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 466 US Mayors representing 74 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.

Signed,

Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer
City of Alameda, CA

Mayor Peggy McQuaid
City of Albany, CA

Mayor Sharon Konopa
City of Albany, OR

Mayor Kathy Sheehan
City of Albany, NY

Mayor Tim Keller
City of Albuquerque, NM

Mayor Justin Wilson
City of Alexandria, VA

Mayor Ray O’Connell
City of Allentown, PA

Mayor Jeanne Sorg
City of Ambler, PA

Mayor Gary Goosman
City of Amesville, OH

Mayor Gavin Buckley
City of Annapolis, MD

Mayor Terence Roberts
City of Anderson, SC

Mayor Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor, MI

Mayor Van W Johnson
City of Apalachicola, FL

Mayor Michael Winkler
City of Arcata, CA

Mayor Nancy Kaboolian
City of Ardsley, NY

Mayor Jose Gurrola, Jr.
City of Arvin, CA

Mayor Esther Manheimer
City of Asheville, NC

Mayor Torre
City of Aspen, CO

Mayor Steve Patterson
City of Athens, OH

Mayor Keisha Bottoms
City of Atlanta, GA

Mayor Steve Adler
City of Austin, TX

Mayor Bernard Young
City of Baltimore, MD

Mayor Gordon Ringberg
City of Bayfield, WI

Mayor Lee Kyriacou
Beacon, NY

Mayor Denny Dole
City of Beaverton, OR

Mayor Ned Burns
City of Bellevue, ID

Mayor Kelli Linville
City of Bellingham, WA

Mayor Charles Stone
City of Belmont, CA

Mayor Jesse Arreguin
City of Berkeley, CA

Mayor Robert Donchez
City of Bethlehem, PA

Mayor Michael P Cahill
City of Beverly, MA

Mayor Lili Bosse
City of Beverly Hills, CA

Mayor Ben Kessler
City of Bexley, OH

Mayor Richard David
City of Binghamton, NY

Mayor Randall Woodfin
City of Birmingham, AL

Mayor David Smith
City of Bisbee, AZ

Mayor Leslie Hager-Smith
City of Blacksburg, VA

Mayor Tari Ranner
City of Bloomington, IL

Mayor John Hamilton
City of Bloomington, IN

Mayor Gene Winstead
City of Bloomington, MN

Mayor Lauren McLean
City of Boise, ID

Mayor Martin J Walsh
City of Boston, MA

Mayor Sam Weaver
City of Boulder, CO

Mayor Tim Adams
City of Bowie, MD

Mayor Steven Grant
City of Boynton Beach, FL

Mayor Chris Mehl
City of Bozeman, MT

Mayor Eric Mamula
City of Breckenridge, CO

Mayor Joseph Ganim
City of Bridgeport, CT

Mayor William Moehle
City of Brighton, NY

Mayor Terry O’Connell
City of Brisbane, CA

Mayor Patricia Moore
City of Buchanan, MI

Mayor Byron Brown
City of Buffalo, NY

Mayor Emily Beach
City of Burlingame, CA

Mayor Miro Weinberger
City of Burlington, VT

Mayor Elizabeth Kautz
City of Burnsville, MN

Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui
City of Cambridge, MA

Mayor Edwin Garcia
City of Camuy, PR

Mayor Robert Hoog
City of Cape Canaveral, FL

Mayor Robert Moffatt
City of Cape May Point, NJ

Mayor Jim Brainard
City of Carmel, IN

Mayor Lydia Lavelle
City of Carrboro, NC

Mayor Albert Robles
City of Carson, CA

Mayor Courtney Johnson
City of Carver, MN

Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen
City of Champaign, IL

Mayor Pam Hemminger
City of Chapel Hill, NC

Mayor Bob Trainor
City of Charles Town, WV

Mayor John Tecklenburg
City of Charleston, SC

Mayor Vi Lyles
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 Lori Lightfoot
City of Chicago, IL

Mayor Mary Casillas Salas
City of Chula Vista, CA

Mayor John Cranley
City of Cincinnati, OH

Mayor Larry Schroeder
City of Claremont, CA

Mayor Charlene Lovett
City of Claremont, NH

Mayor Ted Terry
City of Clarkston, GA

Mayor George Cretekos
City of Clearwater, FL

Mayor Frank Jackson
City of Cleveland, OH

Mayor Louis Sarbone
City of Coconut Creek, FL

Mayor Patrick L. Wojahn
College Park, MD

Mayor Brian Treece
City of Columbia, MO

Mayor Stephen Benjamin
City of Columbia, SC

Mayor Andrew Ginther
City of Columbus, OH

Mayor Jim Bouley
City of Concord, NH

Mayor Yaniv Aronson
City of Conshohocken, PA

Mayor Ellen Tilapaugh
City of Cooperstown, NY

Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli
City of Coral Gables, FL

Mayor James Andrews
City of Corte Madera, CA

Mayor Brian Tobin
City of Cortland, NY

Mayor Biff Traber
City of Corvallis, OR

Mayor John Moore
City of Cotati, CA

Mayor Dave Bauer
City of Crete, NE

Mayor Thomas Moore
Culver City, CA

Mayor Steven Scharf
City of Cupertino, CA

Mayor Tim Meerbott
City of Cutler Bay, FL

Mayor Eric Johnson
City of Dallas, TX

Mayor Ray Buenaventura
Daly City, CA

Mayor Brett Lee
City of Davis, CA

Mayor Nan Whaley
City of Dayton, OH

Mayor Jerry Smith
City of DeKalb, IL

Mayor Shelly Petrolia
City of Delray Beach, FL

Mayor Michael Hancock
City of Denver, CO

Mayor Franklin Cownie
City of Des Moines, IA

Mayor Mike Duggan
City of Detroit, MI

Mayor Vincnet Rossillo
Village of Dobbs Ferry, NY

Mayor Robert Carrier
City of Dover, NH

Mayor Josh Maxwell
City of Downingtown, PA

Mayor David Haubert
City of Dublin, CA

Mayor Roy D Buol
City of Dubuque, IA

Mayor Emily Larson
City of Duluth, MN

Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski
Town of Dunedin, FL

Mayor Jason Cilento
City of Dunellen, NJ

Mayor Edmond P. Minihan
City of Dunn, WI

Mayor Nickole Nesby
City of Duquesne, PA

Mayor Steve Schewel
City of Durham, NC

Mayor Brad Cohen
City of East Brunswick, NJ

Mayor Mark Meadows
City of East Lansing, MI

Mayor Ron Case
City of Eden Prairie, MN

Mayor Laura Keegan
City of Edgewater, CO

Mayor Jim Hovland
City of Edina, MN

Mayor Dave Earling
City of Edmonds, WA

Mayor Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto
City of El Cerrito, CA

Mayor André Quintero
City of El Monte, CA

Mayor Jeff Walter
City of Elburn, IL

Mayor David Kaptain
City of Elgin, IL

Mayor Christian Patz
City of Emeryville, CA

Mayor Catherine Blakespear
City of Encinitas, CA

Mayor Michael Wildes
City of Englewood, NJ

Mayor Joe Schember
City of Erie, PA

Mayor Lucy Vinis
City of Eugene, OR

Mayor Stephen Hagerty
City of Evanston, IL

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke
City of Evansville, IN

Mayor Cassie Franklin
City of Everett, WA

Mayor Bryce Ward
City of Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK

Mayor David Meyer
City of Fairfax, VA

Mayor Edward Malloy
City of Fairfield, IA

Mayor Randy Gustafson
City of Falcon Heights, MN

Mayor David Tarter
City of Falls Church, VA

Mayor Colleen Mahr
City of Fanwood, NJ

Mayor Lioneld Jordan
City of Fayetteville, AR

Mayor Melanie Piana
City of Ferndale, MI

Mayor Coral Evans
City of Flagstaff, AZ

Mayor Sheldon Neeley
City of Flint, MI

Mayor Lindy Peters
City of Fort Bragg, CA

Mayor Wade Troxell
City of Fort Collins, CO

Mayor Dean Trantalis
City of Fort Lauderdale, FL

Mayor Tom Henry
City of Fort Wayne, IN

Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer
City of Framingham, MA

Mayor Bob Scott
City of Franklin, NC

Mayor Lily Mei
City of Fremont, CA

Mayor Gary Wilkinson
City of Frisco, CO

Mayor Lauren Poe
City of Gainesville, FL

Mayor Leeman Kessler
City of Gambier, OH

Mayor Sara Todisco
City of Garwood, NJ

Mayor Jerome Prince
City of Gary, IN

Mayor Tammy Stempel
City of Gladstone, OR

Mayor Bruce Packer
City of Glen Rock, NJ

Mayor Bryan Kennedy
City of Glendale, WI

Mayor Vartan Gharpetian
City of Glendale, CA

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken
City of Gloucester, MA

Mayor Laura Weinberg
City of Golden, CO

Mayor Paula Perotte
City of Goleta, CA

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss
City of Grand Rapids, MI

Mayor Emmett Jordan
City of Greenbelt, MD

Mayor Nancy Vaughan
City of Greensboro, NC

Mayor Knox White
City of Greenville, SC

Mayor Karylinn Echols
City of Gresham, OR

Mayor Samuel Henderson
City of Gulfport, FL

Mayor Harvey Rarback
City of Half Moon Bay, CA

Mayor Joy Cooper
City of Hallandale Beach, FL

Mayor Curt Leng
City of Hamden, CT

Mayor Karen Majewski
City of Hamtramck, MI

Mayor Luke Bronin
City of Hartford, CT

Mayor Nicola Armacost
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 Kevin Smith
City of Helena-West Helena, AR

Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler
City of Highland Park, NJ

Mayor Nancy Rotering
City of Highland Park, IL

Mayor Patrick Taylor
City of Highlands, NC

Mayor Tom Stevens
City of Hillsborough, NC

Mayor Ravinder Bhalla
City of Hoboken, NJ

Mayor William McCleod
City of Hoffman Estates, IL

Mayor Josh Levy
City of Hollywood, FL

Mayor Alex Morse
City of Holyoke, MA

Mayor Kirk Caldwell
City of Honolulu, HI

Mayor Paul Blackburn
City of Hood River, OR

Mayor Sylvester Turner
City of Houston, TX

Mayor Rick Rector
City of Hudson, NY

Mayor Bob Paul
City of Huntington Woods, MI

Mayor Rey Leon
City of Huron, CA

Mayor Candace Hollingsworth
City of Hyattsville, MD

Mayor Serge Dedina
City of Imperial Beach, CA

Mayor Joseph Hogsett
City of Indianapolis, IN

Mayor Jim Throgmorton
City of Iowa City, IA

Mayor Brian C. Smith
City of Irvington, NY

Mayor Svante Myrick
City of Ithaca, NY

Mayor Derek Dobies
City of Jackson, MI

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba
City of Jackson, MS

Mayor Pete Muldoon
City of Jackson, WY

Mayor Steven Fulop
City of Jersey City, NJ

Mayor David Anderson
City of Kalamazoo, MI

Mayor Quinton Lucas
City of Kansas City, MO

Mayor Derek Kawakami
City of Kauai, HI

Mayor Kendall Lane
City of Keene, NH

Mayor John Antaramian
City of Kenosha, WI

Mayor Neil Bradshaw
City of Ketchum, ID

Mayor Steven Noble
City of Kingston, NY

Mayor Penny Sweet
City of Kirkland, WA

Mayor Jose Alvarez
City of Kissimmee, FL

Mayor Indya Kincannon
City of Knoxville, TN

Mayor Andrew Hosmer
City of Laconia, NH

Mayor Tim Kabat
City of La Crosse, WI

Mayor Alexandra Lynch
City of Lafayette, CO

Mayor Cynthia Conners
City of Laguna Woods, CA

Mayor Michael Summers
City of Lakewood, OH

Mayor Adam Paul
City of Lakewood, CO

Mayor Danene Sorace
City of Lancaster, PA

Mayor Jason Resseman
City of Lanesboro, MN

Mayor Andy Schor
City of Lansing, MI

Mayor William Sprague
City of Lapeer, MI

Mayor Ken Miyagishima
City of Las Cruces, NM

Mayor Richard J Kaplan
City of Lauderhill, FL

Mayor Craig Moe
City of Laurel, MD

Mayor Lisa Larsen
City of Lawrence, KS

Mayor Timothy McNamara
City of Lebanon, NH

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 John Pallone
City of Long Branch, NJ

Mayor Brian Bagley
City of Longmont, CO

Mayor Lynette Eng
City of Los Altos, CA

Mayor Roger Spreen
City of Los Altos Hills, CA

Mayor Eric Garcetti
City of Los Angeles, CA

Mayor Marcia Jensen
City of Los Gatos, CA

Mayor Greg Fischer
City of Louisville, KY

Mayor Nicola Smith
City of Lynnwood, WA

Mayor Robert Reichert
City of Macon-Bibb County, GA

Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway
City of Madison, WI

Mayor Gary Christenson
City of Malden, MA

Mayor Karen Farrer
City of Malibu, CA

Mayor Joyce Craig
City of Manchester, NH

Mayor Richard Montgomery
City of Manhattan Beach, CA

Mayor Jen Jaray
City of Manitou Springs, CO

Mayor Dr. Larry Wallace, Jr.
City of Manor, TX

Mayor Marylee Abrams
City of Maplewood, MN

Mayor Barry Greenberg
City of Maplewood, MO

Mayor Rich Parete
City of Marbletown, NY

Mayor Jonathan Hornik
City of Marlboro, NJ

Mayor Rob Schroder
City of Martinez, CA

Mayor Michael Victorino
City of Maui, HI

Mayor Stephanie M Burke
City of Medford, MA

Mayor Paul Brodeur
City of Melrose, MA

Mayor Jim Strickland
City of Memphis, TN

Mayor Ray Mueller
City of Menlo Park, CA

Mayor Francis Suarez
City of Miami, FL

Mayor Dan Gelber
City of Miami Beach, FL

Mayor Gurdip Brar
City of Middleton, WI

Mayor Benjamin Florsheim
City of Middletown, CT

Mayor Sean Strub
City of Milford, PA

Mayor Benjamin G Blake
City of Milford, CT

Mayor Wayne Lee
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 Jacob Frey
City of Minneapolis, MN

Mayor Wayne Messam
City of Miramar, FL

Mayor John Engen
City of Missoula, MT

Mayor Emily Niehaus
Moab, UT

Mayor Mary O’Connor
City of Monona, WI

Mayor Matt Brolley
City of Montgomery, IL

Mayor Anne Watson
City of Montpelier, VT

Mayor Miles Atkins
City of Mooresville, NC

Mayor Bill Kawecki
City of Morgantown, WV

Mayor Timothy Dougherty
City of Morristown, NJ

Mayor John Headding
City of Morro Bay, CA

Mayor Arlene Burns
City of Mosier, OR

Mayor Michael Penn
City of Mount Pocono, PA

Mayor Lisa Matichak
City of Mountain View, CA

Mayor Jennifer Gregerson
City of Mukilteo, WA

Mayor Jill Techel
City of Napa, CA

Mayor Jim Donchess
City of Nashua, NH

Mayor John Cooper
City of Nashville, TN

Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis
City of National City, CA

Mayor Kristopher Larsen
City of Nederland, CO

Mayor Jerry Clifton
City of Newark, DE

Mayor Jon Mitchell
City of New Bedford, MA

Mayor Justin Elicker
City of New Haven, CT

Mayor LaToya Cantrell
City of New Orleans, LA

Mayor Tim Rogers
City of New Paltz, NY

Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York City, NY

Mayor Ras Baraka
City of Newark, NJ

Mayor Donna Holaday
City of Newburyport, MA

Mayor McKinley Price
City of Newport News, VA

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller
City of Newton, MA

Mayor Paul Dyster
City of Niagara Falls, NY

Mayor Chris Koos
City of Normal, IL

Mayor Breea Clark
City of Norman, OK

Mayor Brent Latham
City of North Bay Village, FL

Mayor Francis M Womack
City of North Brunswick, NJ

Mayor Meredith Leighty
City of Northglenn, CO

Mayor Philippe Bien-Aime
City of North Miami, FL

Mayor David J Narkewicz
City of Northampton, MA

Mayor Don Hammond
City of Nyack, NY

Mayor Libby Schaaf
City of Oakland, CA

Mayor Johnny Johnston
City of Ojai, CA

Mayor Cheryl Selby
City of Olympia, WA

Mayor Buddy Dyer
City of Orlando, FL

Mayor Victoria Gearity
City of Ossining, NY

Mayor Eric Filseth
City of Palo Alto, CA

Mayor Andy Beerman
City of Park City, UT

Mayor Donald Grebien
City of Pawtucket, RI

Mayor Frank C. Ortis
City of Pembroke Pines, FL

Mayor Teresa Barrett
City of Petaluma, CA

Mayor Jim Kenney
City of Philadelphia, PA

Mayor Kate Gallego
City of Phoenix, AZ

Mayor Joseph M. Corradino
City of Pinecrest, FL

Mayor Cindy S Perry
City of Pittsboro, NC

Mayor Jeremy Johnson
City of Pittsburg, KS

Mayor William Peduto
City of Pittsburgh, PA

Mayor Linda Tyer
City of Pittsfield, MA

Mayor Peter Cantu
City of Plainsboro, NJ

Mayor Kurt R Metzger
City of Pleasant Ridge, MI

Mayor Rex Hardin
City of Pompano Beach, FL

Mayor Deborah Stinson
City of Port Townsend, WA

Mayor Ethan Strimling
City of Portland, ME

Mayor Ted Wheeler
City of Portland, OR

Mayor Jack Blalock
City of Portsmouth, NH

Mayor Eric Mikkelson
City of Prairie Village, KS

Mayor Liz Lempert
City of Princeton, NJ

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza
City of Providence, RI

Mayor Cory Mason
City of Racine, WI

Mayor Nancy McFarlane
City of Raleigh, NC

Mayor Donald Terry
City of Rancho Cordova, CA

Mayor John Marchione
City of Redmond, WA

Mayor Ian Bain
City of Redwood City, CA

Mayor Paul Kuhns
City of Rehoboth Beach, DE

Mayor Hillary Schieve
City of Reno, NV

Mayor Tom Butt
City of Richmond, CA

Mayor Levar Stoney
City of Richmond, VA

Mayor Kim Norton
Rochester, MN

Mayor Lovely Warren
City of Rochester, NY

Mayor Caroline McCarley
City of Rochester, NH

Mayor Bryan Barnett
City of Rochester Hills, MI

Mayor Joanne Aagaard
City of Rockaway Beach, OR

Mayor Thomas McNamara
City of Rockford, IL

Mayor Daniel Guzzi
City of Rockwood, MI

Mayor Gina Belforte
City of Rohnert Park, CA

Mayor Mike Fournier
City of Royal Oak, MI

Mayor Darrell Steinberg
City of Sacramento, CA

Mayor Geoff Ellsworth
City of Saint Helena, CA

Mayor Melvin Carter
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 Erin Mendenhall
Salt Lake City, UT

Mayor Ron Nirenberg
City of San Antonio, TX

Mayor Mark Olbert
City of San Carlos, CA

Mayor Kevin Faulconer
City of San Diego, CA

Mayor Joel Fajardo
City of San Fernando, CA

Mayor London Breed
City of San Francisco, CA

Mayor Sam Liccardo
City of San Jose, CA

Mayor Pauline Cutter
City of San Leandro, CA

Mayor Heidi Harmon
City of San Luis Obispo, CA

Mayor John Thomaides
City of San Marcos, TX

Mayor Diane Papan
City of San Mateo, CA

Mayor Gary Phillips
City of San Rafael, CA

Mayor Miguel Pulido
City of Santa Ana, CA

Mayor Cathy Murillo
City of Santa Barbara, CA

Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor
City of Santa Clara, CA

Mayor Justin Cummings
City of Santa Cruz, CA

Mayor Javier M. Gonzales
City of Santa Fe, NM

Mayor Kevin McKeown
City of Santa Monica, CA

Mayor Tom Schwedhelm
City of Santa Rosa, CA

Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch
City of Sarasota, FL

Mayor Meg Kelly
City of Saratoga Springs, NY

Mayor Frank P. Catino
City of Satellite Beach, FL

Mayor Chris Lain
City of Savanna, IL

Mayor Van R. Johnson
City of Savannah, GA

Mayor Jenny Durkan
City of Seattle, WA

Mayor Paige Cognetti
City of Scranton, PA

Mayor Michael J. Gonnelli
City of Secaucus, NJ

Mayor George Van Dusen
City of Skokie, IL

Mayor Ken Wray
City of Sleepy Hollow, NY

Mayor Scott A. Saunders
City of Smithville, TX

Mayor Matt Larson
City of Snoqualmie, WA

Mayor Dana Hilliard
City of Somersworth, NH

Mayor Joe Curtatone
City of Somerville, MA

Mayor Amy Harrington
City of Sonoma, CA

Mayor Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend, IN

Mayor Sally Philips
City of South Miami, FL

Mayor Sheena Collum
City of South Orange Village, NJ

Mayor Claude Morgan
City of South Portland, ME

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno
City of Springfield, MA

Mayor Lyda Krewson
City of St Louis, MO

Mayor Jake Spano
City of St Louis Park, MN

Mayor Len Pagano
City of St Peters, MO

Mayor Rick Kriseman
City of St Petersburg, FL

Mayor Bill McMurray
City of St. Joseph, MO

Mayor David Martin
City of Stamford, CT

Mayor Ronald Filippelli
City of State College, PA

Mayor Constantine Kutteh
City of Statesville, NC

Mayor Michael Tubbs
City of Stockton, CA

Mayor Larry Klein
City of Sunnyvale, CA

Mayor Michael J. Ryan
City of Sunrise, FL

Mayor Daniel E. Dietch
City of Surfside, FL

Mayor Marty Spiegel
City of Swarthmore, PA

Mayor Thomas Fromm
City of Swedesboro, NJ

Mayor Ben Walsh
City of Syracuse, NY

Mayor Victoria Woodards
City of Tacoma, WA

Mayor Kate Stewart
City of Takoma Park, MD

Mayor John Dailey
City of Tallahassee, FL

Mayor Jane Castor
City of Tampa, FL

Mayor Drew Fixell
City of Tarrytown, NY

Mayor DeLanie Young
City of Telluride, CO

Mayor Corey Woods
City of Tempe, AZ

Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz
City of Toledo, OH

Mayor Patrick J. Furey
City of Torrance, CA

Mayor Jim Carruthers
City of Traverse City, MI

Mayor Reed Gusciora
City of Trenton, NJ

Mayor Frank Bubenik
City of Tualatin, OR

Mayor Regina Romero
City of Tucson, AZ

Mayor Brian Stack
City of Union City, NJ

Mayor Terry Crow
City of University City, MO

Mayor Diane W. Marlin
City of Urbana, IL

Mayor Dave Chapin
City of Vail, CO

Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle
City of Vancouver, WA

Mayor John Holic
City of Venice, FL

Mayor Matt Levere
City of Ventura, CA

Mayor Jack McEvoy
Township of Verona, NJ

Mayor Luke Diaz
City of Verona, WI

Mayor Robert Blais
Village of Lake George, NY

Mayor Muriel Bowser
City of Washington, D.C.

Mayor Rebecca J. Garcia
City of Watsonville, CA

Mayor Sam Cunningham
City of Waukegan, IL

Mayor Dianne Herrin
City of West Chester, PA

Mayor Michelle W. Brindle
City of Westfield, NJ

Mayor Shari G. Cantor
City of West Hartford, CT

Mayor Nancy Rossi
City of West Haven, CT

Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath
City of West Hollywood, CA

Mayor John Dennis
City of West Lafayette, IN

Mayor Russ Axelrod
City of West Linn, OR

Mayor Felix E. Roque
City of West New York, NJ

Mayor Keith James
City of West Palm Beach, FL

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
City of West Sacramento, CA

Mayor Daniel Corona
City of West Wendover, NV

Mayor William R. Wild
City of Westland, MI

Mayor Herb Atchison
City of Westminster, CO

Mayor Daniel J. Stermer
City of Weston, FL

Mayor Bud Starker
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 Bob Bielinski
City of Wilmette, IL

Mayor Dominic Foppoli
City of Windsor, CA

Mayor Dave Burgess
City of Windsor Heights, IA

Mayor Allen Joines
City of Winston Salem, NC

Mayor Xóchitl Rodríguez
City of Woodland, CA

Mayor Daniel Yost
City of Woodside, CA

Mayor Brian Sager
City of Woodstock, IL

Mayor Joseph M. Petty
City of Worcester, MA

Mayor Mike Spano
City of Yonkers, NY

Mayor Jamael Tito Brown
City of Youngstown, OH

Mayor Lois Richardson
City of Ypsilanti, MI

The statement was originally released on June 1, 2017 with 61 signatories. Updated signatories as of 3:00 pm PT on November 27, 2019.

Our Letter to the President (March 2017)

#ClimateMayors Letter to President Trump on Roll Back of U.S. Climate Actions

March 28, 2017

Dear President Trump,

As members of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA), we represent more than 42 million Americans in 75 cities across our nation — in red and blue states alike. We write to strongly object to your actions to roll back critically important U.S. climate policies including the Clean Power Plan and vehicle fuel efficiency standards, as well as proposed budget cuts to the EPA and critical federal programs like Energy Star.

Climate change is both the greatest single threat we face, and our greatest economic opportunity for our nation. That is why we affirm our cities’ commitments to taking every action possible to achieve the principles and goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, and to engage states, businesses and other sectors to join us.

As Mayors, we work with our constituents face-to-face, every day, and they demand that we act on climate to improve quality of life and create economic growth. As public servants and stewards of public funds and infrastructure, we also cannot ignore the costs of inaction. That is why we are also standing up for our constituents and all Americans harmed by climate change, including those most vulnerable among us: coastal residents confronting erosion and sea level rise; young and old alike suffering from worsening air pollution and at risk during heatwaves; mountain residents engulfed by wildfires; farmers struggling at harvest time due to drought; and communities across our nation challenged by extreme weather.

Climate action is also an investment in our economy and job creation — electric vehicles, solar power, energy efficiency and battery storage are all avenues to restoring our nation’s manufacturing base and create good, middle class jobs. Recently, thirty MNCAA cities demonstrated how we can accelerate markets and drive economic growth by issuing a formal Request for Information for the potential acquisition of nearly 115,000 electric vehicles for our municipal fleets.

The private sector recognizes the opportunities of climate action as well. Goldman Sachs is committing $150 billion to clean energy capital. Companies like Microsoft, Wal-Mart, and Google are some of the largest purchasers of solar and renewable energy. Today, one in fifty American jobs is now in the solar sector, surpassing employment in oil, gas, and coal extraction combined. Texas is once again experiencing an energy boom — this time, with wind power. In fact, the majority of wind jobs in the U.S. are in congressional districts that voted for you.

As the “Climate Mayors,” we wrote to you during your transition asking that you work with cities on climate action – the nation’s first responders and economic hubs – and to embrace the Paris Climate Agreement commitment. Instead, we fear your Administration’s recent actions and today’s executive order will undermine America’s leadership on climate action, if not take us backwards.

We urge you to change course, and to join us. In the meantime, America’s cities will continue to lead the way in moving forward in protecting our residents from the disastrous effects of climate change, and creating a thriving 21st century economy.

Sincerely,

Mayor Eric Garcetti
City of Los Angeles, CA

Mayor Ed Murray
City of Seattle, WA

Mayor Lioneld Jordan
City of Fayetteville, AR

Mayor Kasim Reed
City of Atlanta, GA

Mayor Martin J Walsh
City of Boston, MA

Mayor Rahm Emanuel
City of Chicago, IL

Mayor Sylvester Turner
City of Houston, TX

Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York City, NY

Mayor Jim Kenney
City of Philadelphia, PA

Mayor Ed Lee
City of San Francisco, CA

Mayor Sam Liccardo
City of San Jose, CA

Mayor Muriel Bowser
Washington, D.C.

Mayor Esther Manheimer
City of Asheville, NC

Mayor Steve Skadron
City of Aspen, CO

Mayor Steve Adler
City of Austin, TX

Mayor John Hamilton
City of Bloomington, IN

Mayor Suzanne Jones
City of Boulder, CO

Mayor Lori S Liu
City of Brisbane, CA

Mayor Miro Weinberger
City of Burlington, VT

Mayor Mary Casillas Salas
City of Chula Vista, CA

Mayor Stephen K Benjamin
City of Columbia, SC

Mayor Michael Hancock
City of Denver, CO

Mayor Roy D Buol
City of Dubuque, IA

Mayor William V Bell
City of Durham, NC

Mayor David Kaptain
City of Elgin, IL

Mayor Lucy Vinis
City of Eugene, OR

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl
City of Evanston, IL

Mayor Madeline Rogero
City of Knoxville, TN

Mayor Philip Levine
City of Miami Beach, FL

Mayor Tom Barrett
City of Milwaukee, WI

Mayor Mark Gamba
City of Milwaukie, OR

Mayor Betsy Hodges
City of Minneapolis, MN

Mayor John Hollar
City of Montpelier, VT

Mayor Dennis Coombs
City of Longmont, CO

Mayor Robert Garcia
City of Long Beach, CA

Mayor Jon Mitchell
City of New Bedford, MA

Mayor Mitch Landrieu
City of New Orleans, LA

Mayor Libby Schaaf
City of Oakland, CA

Mayor Buddy Dyer
City of Orlando, FL

Mayor Greg Scharff
City of Palo Alto, CA

Mayor Jack Thomas
Park City, UT

Mayor Bill Peduto
City of Pittsburgh, PA

Mayor Ted Wheeler
City of Portland, OR

Mayor Liz Lempert
Municipality of Princeton, NJ

Mayor Jorge Elorza
City of Providence, RI

Mayor Alan Galbraith
City of Saint Helena, CA

Mayor Jackie Biskupski
Salt Lake City, UT

Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter
City of San Leandro, CA

Mayor Ted Winterer
City of Santa Monica, CA

Mayor Joe Curtatone
City of Somerville, MA

Mayor Glenn Hendricks
City of Sunnyvale, CA

Mayor Marilyn Strickland
City of Tacoma, WA

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild
City of Tucson, AZ

Mayor Jeri Muoio
City of West Palm Beach, FL

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
City of West Sacramento, CA

Mayor Allen Joines
City of Winston Salem, NC

Mayor Kathy Sheehan
City of Albany, NY

Updated signatories as of 2pm PT on May 31, 2017

If you would like to sign this open letter, or require further information about #ClimateMayors (the MNCAA) and its activities please email info@climate-mayors.org

Our Letter to the President-elect

Open Letter to President-elect Donald J Trump on Climate Action

November 22, 2016

Dear President-elect Trump,

As Mayors, we have taken it upon ourselves to take bold action within our cities to tackle the climate crisis head-on. We write today to ask for your partnership in our work to clean our air, strengthen our economy, and ensure that our children inherit a nation healthier and better prepared for the future than it is today.

We lead 71 small and large American cities, comprising over 38 million Americans in both blue and red states. We have joined together in the Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA), or the #ClimateMayors, in addressing the greatest challenge of our time, climate change. Each of our cities is committing to ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, set climate action, regularly report on our progress, share lessons and hold each other accountable. Around the globe, cities are working together through organizations like C40 as well.

The effects of climate change – extreme storms, wildfires and drought; sea level rise and storm surge; choking air pollution in cities; disruption of agricultural supply chains and jobs in rural heartlands; and coastal erosion, to name a few – are a clear and present danger to American interests at home and abroad. This is why the U.S. Department of Defense stated in 2015 “that climate change is an urgent and growing threat to our national security”. Furthermore, estimates have shown these impacts from climate change could cost the American economy $500 billion annually by 2050, and that figure will only rise unless we work together to stem, and ultimately reverse, the amount of greenhouse gases entering our atmosphere.

The cost of prevention pales in comparison to cost of inaction, in terms of dollars, property and human life. As our incoming President, as a businessman, and as a parent, we believe we can find common ground when it comes to addressing an issue not rooted in politics or philosophy, but in science and hard economic data. Simply put, we can all agree that fires, flooding and financial losses are bad for our country, that we need to protect our communities’ most vulnerable residents who suffer the most from the impacts of climate change, and that we all need healthier air to breathe and a stronger economy–rural and urban, Republican and Democrat–and in terms of our domestic quality of life and our standing abroad.

On November 8, American voters approved more than $200 billion in local measures, funded by their own local tax dollars, to improve quality of life and reduce carbon pollution. Seventy percent of voters in Los Angeles County, the car capital of the world, approved a $120 billion, multi-decade commitment to public transit. Seattle voters approved transit investments totaling $54 billion; Austin voters approved a record-setting $720 million mobility bond; Boston voters approved investment in affordable housing, parks, historic preservation and more.

As President, you will have the power to expand and accelerate these local initiatives which the people resoundingly supported. We call upon you and the federal government you will lead to help cities leverage funds for the hundreds of billions of dollars in transit, energy, infrastructure and real estate development necessary to upgrade our infrastructure for the 21st century. We ask that you lead us in expanding the renewable energy sources we need to achieve energy security, address climate change and spark a new manufacturing, energy and construction boom in America. We ask that you help provide American businesses the certainty to invest through continued tax credits for electric vehicles, solar power, renewables and other clean technologies. And we ask that you shift to embrace the Paris Climate Agreement and make U.S. cities your partner in doing so.

While we are prepared to forge ahead even in the absence of federal support, we know that if we stand united on this issue, we can make change that will resonate for generations. We have no choice and no room to doubt our resolve. The time for bold leadership and action is now.

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 Edward B Murray
City of Seattle, WA

Mayor Stephen K Benjamin
City of Columbia, SC

Mayor Jennifer W Roberts
City of Charlotte, NC

Mayor Rahm Emanuel
City of Chicago, IL

Mayor Greg Stanton
City of Phoenix, AZ

Mayor Jim Kenney
City of Philadelphia, PA

Mayor Buddy Dyer
City of Orlando, FL

Mayor Roy D Buol
City of Dubuque, IA

Mayor Charlie Hales
City of Portland, OR

Mayor Jackie Biskupski
Salt Lake City, UT

Mayor Libby Schaaf
City of Oakland, CA

Mayor Sam Liccardo
City of San Jose, CA

Mayor Muriel Bowser
Washington, DC

Mayor Christopher B Coleman
City of Saint Paul, MN

Mayor Kasim Reed
City of Atlanta, GA

Mayor Sly James
City of Kansas City, MO

Mayor Michael B Hancock
City and County of Denver, CO

Mayor Steve Adler
City of Austin, TX

Mayor Ed Lee
City of San Francisco, CA

Mayor Bill Peduto
City of Pittsburgh, PA

Mayor Kitty Piercy
City of Eugene, OR

Mayor Tom Bates
City of Berkeley, CA

Mayor Tony Vasquez
City of Santa Monica, CA

Mayor Joseph A Curtatone
City of Somerville, MA

Mayor Steve Skadron
City of Aspen, CO

Mayor Suzanne Jones
City of Boulder, CO

Mayor Jack Thomas
Park City, UT

Mayor Mary Casillas Salas
City of Chula Vista, CA

Mayor Elizabeth B Tisdahl
City of Evanston, IL

Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg
City of Sacramento, CA

Mayor Sylvester Turner
City of Houston, TX

Mayor Patrick Burt
City of Palo Alto, CA

Mayor Mitchell J Landrieu
City of New Orleans, LA

Mayor Philip Levine
City of Miami Beach, FL

Mayor Lioneld Jordan
City of Fayetteville, AR

Mayor Betsy Hodges
City of Minneapolis, MN

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson
City of Gary, IN

Mayor Ashley Swearengin
City of Fresno, CA

Mayor John Hamilton
City of Bloomington, IN

Mayor-elect Michael Tubbs
City of Stockton, CA

Mayor John J Tecklenburg
City of Charleston, SC

Mayor Miro Weinberger
City of Burlington, VT

Mayor Dennis Coombs
City of Longmont, CO

Mayor John P “Jack” Seiler
City of Fort Lauderdale, FL

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
City of West Sacramento, CA

Mayor Jake Mackenzie
City of Rohnert Park, CA

Mayor Allan Ekberg
City of Tukwila, WA

Mayor Hillary Schieve
City of Reno, NV

Mayor Allen Joines
City of Winston Salem, NC

Mayor Mark Stodola
City of Little Rock, AR

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild
City of Tucson, AZ

Mayor Edward O’Brien
City of West Haven, CT

Mayor William “Bill” V Bell
City of Durham, NC

Mayor Jon Mitchell
City of New Bedford, MA

Mayor Patrick Wojahn
City of College Park, MD

Mayor Jim B Clarke
Culver City, CA

Mayor Jeffrey Z Slavin
Town of Somerset, MD

Mayor Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor, MI

Mayor Kathy Sheehan
City of Albany, NY

Mayor Matt Larson
City of Snoqualmie, WA

Mayor Madeline Rogero
City of Knoxville, TN

Mayor David Kaptain
City of Elgin, IL

Mayor Wade Troxell
City of Fort Collins, CO

Mayor Helene Schneider
City of Santa Barbara, CA

Mayor Robert Garcia
City of Long Beach, CA

Mayor Smith Joseph
City of North Miami, FL

Mayor Lou La Monte
City of Malibu, CA

Mayor Jim Cason
City of Coral Gables, FL

Last updated 7am PT on February 14,  2017.

If you would like to sign this open letter, or require further information about the MNCAA and its activities please email info@climate-mayors.org