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Salt Lake City joins motion to support Clean Power Plan

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Katie McKellar, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s capital has joined more than a dozen cities across the nation in supporting the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

The cities joined a legal motion Tuesday to support the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities also joined the motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to participate as amici curiae — “friend of the court” — in support of the plan.

The National League of Cities represents more than 19,000 cities and towns, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of the more than 1,400 cities with populations of 30,000 or more.

Other municipalities involved in filing the motion were: Baltimore; Coral Gables, Pinecrest and West Palm Beach, Florida; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Houston; Jersey City; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Portland, Oregon; Providence, Rhode Island; San Francisco; and Boulder County, Colorado.

“Cities are on the front line of the work to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, who is also president of the National League of Cities. “While there is much we can do and are doing at the municipal level, we need federal actions like the Clean Power Plan to help move us away from fossil fuel consumption related to energy generation.”(…)

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