Monday, January 23, 2017

The Resistance: Mayors Fighting Back

You may not like your mayor, but if she is Resisting trumpism, support her.
On the eve of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti had a message for an incoming administration with notoriously backwards views on climate policy.

“Don’t get in our way,” he told a small group of reporters at the United States Conference of Mayors’ winter meeting.

There are projects, Garcetti continued, where federal support would certainly be looked upon favorably — helping Los Angeles reduce its dependence on imported water, for instance, or transition its public transportation fleet from natural gas to electricity. But in the absence of a strong federal ally, the best case scenario for cities under Trump would be the autonomy to carry out their climate policies unencumbered.

“We’d love a federal partner that can help accelerate this, but at the very least, just don’t get in our way,” Garcetti reiterated.

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