Meeting in a city confronted daily with the issues of rising seas and climate change, the United States Conference of Mayors approved resolutions on Monday to urge the federal government to rejoin the Paris climate agreement and to redouble their own efforts to combat climate change and commit to renewable energy. Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, S.C., incoming vice-chair of the Conference of Mayors, was a sponsor of the renewable energy resolution. He said mayors could discuss the issue and offer more concrete solutions than national politicians. He said he did not talk to his constituents about climate change in lofty terms. He talks to them about flooding — his city was hit hard in 2015 — fresh drinking water, new jobs in clean energy and their children's asthma.
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