Posted: Jun 22, 2014 12:08 PM
Updated: Jun 22, 2014 12:09 PM
HOUSTON (AP) Mayors from the GOP-dominated states of Texas and Arizona are calling on cities to use nature to fight the impacts of climate change.
At the same time, Republican governors are blasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for new rules designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
Cities are already struggling with climate change impacts, and mayors are spending money to stem the damage.
Attendees of the U.S. Conference of Mayors will vote Monday on a resolution that encourages cities to use natural solutions to protect freshwater, coastlines, trees and air quality. It's being backed by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
The conference in Dallas is almost evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. Leffingwell believes the resolution will easily be approved.