US mayors conference to commit to Paris agreement even if Trump doesn’t


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Mitch Landrieu, pictured, will become president of the
U.S. Conference of Mayors this weekend.

Jacquelyn Martin/AP

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says
national policy on climate change will emerge from U.S. cities
now that President Donald Trump has withdrawn the country from
the Paris climate accords.

Landrieu will become president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors
this weekend in Miami Beach, Florida.

The conference supported the Paris agreement, and according to
preliminary results released Saturday from an ongoing nationwide
survey, the vast majority of U.S. mayors want to work together
and with the private sector to respond to climate change.

Landrieu said there’s “near unanimity” among conference members
that climate change is real and caused by human actions. He said
he doesn’t think U.S. mayors believe they need to wait for action
from the president.

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