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Mayor Kasim Reed Statement on the Clean Power Plan

Post Date:10/11/2017 5:30 PM

Mayor’s Office of Communications
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Anne Torres, Director
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amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Jewanna Gaither, Deputy Press Secretary
404-330-6942, office
404-357-5829, cell
jgaither@atlantaga.gov

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 11, 2017

News Release

Mayor Kasim Reed Statement on the Clean Power Plan

ATLANTA –“The Trump Administration has made yet another disastrous decision to abdicate global leadership and ignore overwhelming scientific evidence and public demand for meaningful action to address climate change.

Eliminating strong public policies that address our declining air quality will endanger the health and welfare of the nearly 5.8 million residents in the Atlanta metropolitan region, as well as the city’s economy, security and prosperity.

The U.S. made substantial progress in addressing global warming under the Obama Administration. The Clean Power Plan (CPP), announced by the EPA in 2015, was an historic and important step forward, resulting in real action to reduce carbon emissions.

The CPP set standards for power plants, and developed customized goals for states to cut carbon pollution, establishing accountability for protecting our environment. The plan also showed the world that the U.S. is committed to leading global efforts to address climate change.

It is of the utmost importance that city leaders across the country step forward to combat climate change. We must work to protect the advances we’ve made at the local level, and pursue bold, progressive and meaningful new policies. Given that more than 50 percent of the world’s population and 70 percent of the world’s GDP stems from cities, cities are critical to tackling the tough issues associated with a warming climate.

For the past seven years, my Administration has worked to build a better, more sustainable city that is ready to compete in the 21st century economy. The City of Atlanta leads the nation in square footage of commercial building space committed to energy efficiency through the Better Buildings Challenge. We passed the first benchmarking and auditing ordinance in the country to include both energy and water efficiency measures for commercial and municipal buildings. In addition, we deployed electric vehicles in the City’s fleet and installed solar panels on municipal facilities. In May, we passed legislation that will require the City of Atlanta to power our municipal facilities with clean energy by the year 2025. Local actions like these show that cities are where hope meets the street.

Despite the Trump Administration’s dangerous decision, the City of Atlanta will push ahead to cool our planet by two degrees, reduce carbon emissions and promote energy and water efficiency initiatives which will ultimately ensure the next generation of Americans can breathe clean air, as well as live healthy and sustainable lives.”

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

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