Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron is joining leaders of cities across the United States in signing a letter urging President-elect Donald Trump to take action on climate change.
Mayors from 37 cities across 19 states and the District of Columbia united to call on Trump as a businessman and as a parent to address what they call “the greatest challenge of our time, climate change.”
Aspen is the smallest city represented, joining the likes of New York City and Chicago, as well as Park City, Utah, and Dubuque, Iowa. The mayors note that, on a local level, American voters approved ballot initiatives that amount to about $200 billion in taxes to reduce carbon pollution across red and blue states.
The mayors urge the president-elect to expand renewable energy development and “spark a new manufacturing, energy and construction boom in America.” The letter asks that Trump shift his position and embrace the Paris Agreement for global climate action. The mayors pledge to continue with local efforts even in the absence of federal support.