Local leaders push for climate action as Congress 'drops the ball'
Climate action in Seattle aims to make the city carbon-neutral in less than 40 years. In Bridgeport, Conn., a former landfill is sheathed in solar panels to produce clean power. And a Republican mayor in Carmel, Ind., is seeing emissions ebb by turning sewage into fertilizer.
That's happening despite a gun-shy Congress that's avoided taking federal action on rising temperatures, leaving local officials to lead the way on thorny political efforts to cut carbon from cars, buildings and electricity sources, according to municipal leaders.
"As we all know there are some for political or other purposes that try to make this a divisive issue," [says Mayor Brainard]"In our cities, however, and among mayors it is unifying because saving our taxpayers money when we become more energy efficient."
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