U.S. cities back EPA’s Clean Power Plan in court battle

Summit County Citizens Voice

Large cities could be the key to controlling global greenhouse gas emissions. Bob Berwyn photo. U.S. cities are joining the court battle to support the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. @bberwyn photo.

Local governments hit hardest by climate change costs

Staff Report

The dying U.S. fossil fuel industry may not quite get it yet, but thousands of towns — and millions of Americans living in those communities — do. The threat of climate change is real, and  growing, according to a coalition of cities that filed a legal brief in federal court last week.

More than 50 city and county governments from 28 states, together with The U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, and the mayors of Dallas, Knoxville, and Orlando all signed an amicus brief explaining why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan is critical to the safety and economic security of local communities across the United States.

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