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Bloomington Mayor Supports Federal Efforts To Curb Carbon Pollution
Updated April 6, 2016 7:07 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Mayor John Hamilton of Bloomington announced his support of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, a critical measure that will protect the safety and economic security of local communities across the United States facing the growing impacts of climate change.

Joining more than 50 other cities and counties, Bloomington reinforces its belief that the Clean Power
Plan is a necessary legal step towards addressing the extraordinary threat posed by climate change.

Mayor Hamilton released the following statement:
"In Bloomington, we're already taking action against climate change by installing bike and pedestrian infrastructure to increase green mobility in our city, installing solar panels on our city hall, and promoting energy efficiency with the Monroe County Energy Challenge. We need to build a sustainable future in Bloomington and beyond, so we are also supporting the agency's Clean Power Plan, which is a key element to reducing greenhouse emissions, driving innovation and advancing new energy solutions. Cities can't combat climate change alone--we are counting on the federal government to create a path for making real reductions in carbon pollution. Under the Clean Power Plan framework, a growing green sector will mean more jobs for our constituents and more affordable energy for our local businesses and homes. As we continue to better our city by improving air quality and accelerating cleaner solutions, we urge the federalgovernment to do the same."

The amicus brief is supported by 51 city and county governments across the nation who, like Bloomington, are on the frontline of climate impacts such as flooding, infrastructure corrosion, heat waves, drought and record rainfall. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is essential to keeping impacts and costs of climate change - which are disproportionately shouldered by cities--to a minimum.

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