Last week, more than 50 state and county governments, representing 28 states, along with global tech leaders like Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft, joined the list of groups filing briefs in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, known as amicus briefs.
As reported in a previous blog, our nation’s best hope at reigning in dangerous carbon pollution from our energy sector was put on pause when the Supreme Court made a recent, unprecedented ruling. This speed bump, however, has not caused supporters of the Clean Power Plan to abandon ship. Instead, advocate groups, major companies and city and county governments have joined the legal battle to help bolster EPA as it fights industry and coal dependent states in the courts.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities along with city mayors and attorneys (including the mayor of SACE headquarter’s hometown, Knoxville, TN) signed an amicus brief explaining why the Clean Power Plan is a crucial tool in ensuring the safety and economic security of communities across our nation.
Representatives of the Southeast that signed on to the filing include: Town/City Attorneys for Chapel Hill, NC, Coral Gables, FL, Cutler Bay, FL, Miami, FL, Miami Beach, FL, and West Palm Beach, FL and Mayors of Knoxville, TN, Clarkston, GA, Orlando, FL, and Pinecrest, FL. In their brief, these city and county leaders acknowledge that they will be the ones on the frontlines when it comes to helping communities deal with increasingly severe weather events:
“Cities’ efforts to adapt to a changing climate and to mitigate its causes are highly sensitive to national policies like the Clean Power Plan, which shape national markets, steer state action, and have the largest impact on nationwide emissions … Cities working to shoulder the burdens of adaptation would therefore face an ever harder—and ever more expensive—task in the absence of the Clean Power Plan.”