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Republican Mayor Works to Combat Climate Change and 'Do What's Best for the People'

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The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) met late last month in Dallas to discuss how to move their cities forward in order to meet the challenges before them. Topics included energy related issues, the impact of pollution and climate change. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy was on hand to take part in a panel, where she expressed how leaders could avoid the animosity surrounding climate change by stressing the related concerns of health, safety and economics.


Currently, Brainard serves as the co-chair of the Energy Independence and Climate Protection Task Force for the U.S. Council of Mayors. Photo credit: U.S. Conference of Mayors

One of the leaders focusing on the environment and sustainability was five-term Mayor of Carmel, Indiana Jim Brainard.

Brainard was tapped to be on President Obama's Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. He won first place honors from the 2008 Mayor's Climate Protection Awards Program. The most exciting news in his bio   he is a Republican!

I interviewed Brainard by telephone upon his return from USCM to learn more about the programs he has implemented, and to inquire about his response to the overwhelming number of Republicans who push back on environmental regulations while hoisting the banner of climate change denial.

Direct about the fact that the party of environmentalist Teddy Roosevelt has become entrenched in refuting the findings of the larger scientific community, Brainard said, "You have to trust 97 percent of scientists. There's no question that the Earth is warming. The numbers are what the numbers are."   


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