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U.S. Cities Taking Lead on Climate Change Efforts

Federal government's withdrawal leaves opening for state and local governments to lead on climate change.

One thing about cities, they are on the front lines of government. When bad things happen, they are the first to feel the impact. With this in mind, it is not surprising to see cities acting and speaking out on the facts as they know them to be. See New Orleans mayor: US climate change policy cannot wait for Trump.

I think they took a major step in opening up participation to smaller cities. These smaller burbs don't have as many resources as large cities, but the impacts will be the same to them as they are to larger jurisdictions. It might not be sea rise in Colorado, but wildfires and their frequency and severity can be very real.   

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.