Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans has stated that most mayors in the country are quite in agreement with the idea that they must fight climate change on their own. In his own words, the mayor doesn’t need to wait for the president to take the right action. The statement assumes significance after Trump's recent decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord which was met with criticism from all over the world.
U.S. Conference of Mayors supports Climate Accord
In sharp contrast to the President's decision and stance about climate change, the U.S. Conference of Mayors has made its support for the Paris Climate Accord clear in no uncertain terms. A survey shows that a huge majority of the mayors are keen to join hands with private sector players and work with their peers to address climate change issues. New Orleans Mayor Landrieu was speaking at the conference when he made the statement. he went on to say that while all the Mayors may not agree on the exact policy to be followed, right away, there is no doubt anywhere that almost all of them agree that climate change is a big threat that is growing bigger. He categorically stated that the cities would come together to formulate and implement policies that will address the issue in absence of a clear- cut national policy that deals with climate change.
90% of cities keen on collaborative efforts with neighbors
U.S. cities administrators have been asked to fill and submit a questionnaire that covers several aspects of the climate change issues. Among these are questions about carbon emission management, use of renewable energy, better energy efficient programs etc. and 66 cities have responded already. Of these, it is seen that 90% have stated that they would be very interested in collaborating with their neighbors to formulate climate change action plans. Many cities have already implemented plans to address these issues faced with the federal government's apparent refusal to take any action in this regard.
New Orleans Mayor Landrieu only seems to be voicing the opinion of the majority of mayors when he says that he will work towards finding solutions on his own in absence of directive from the federal government. He has also described the President's stance in this issue as one that is 'disconnected from science', a view that many have aired after the President famously described climate change as a 'hoax'.