Mayors Urge Action to Provide Support to Cities to Achieve the President’s Goals

Washington, D.C.— Today, President Joe Biden announced the United States’ public commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in order to tackle the climate crisis. This pledge will cut pollution, accelerate our nation’s transition to clean energy and create millions of good-paying jobs in cities across the country. Previously, America’s mayors vocally supported bold investments to not only build back better but also fight climate change, outlining their vision to invest in communities across the country.

Following President Biden’s announcement, U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer released the following statement:

“This latest commitment from President Biden is ambitious, and exactly the leadership our nation needs if we are to tackle the climate crisis and ensure a better future for our children and subsequent generations. America’s mayors are ready to work with the Biden administration to deliver on this bold pledge, but it will require a partner in Congress to help cities across the country address this crisis. Congress can do just that by working with the President on concrete solutions, including the authorization and full appropriation of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG). This would provide $3.2 billion per year for 5 years in order to enhance local government greenhouse gas reduction efforts, which will protect public health, drive economic growth, create good-paying jobs, and build an equitable future for all our cities. The time to act is now.”