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Despite Federal Action, Long Beach Revs Up Fight Against Global Warming

Release Date: 2017-03-30

When many people think of combating climate change they go big.

International accords, federal mandates and state regulations have historically been the tools of choice when trying to reign in greenhouse gases, overseeing everything from car emissions to encouraging solar energy and other green businesses.

But some environmentalists are shifting their focus closer to home amid changing priorities at the federal level, proposed funding cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and skepticism from the leader of that agency, Scott Pruitt, on the role people play in climate change.

Undeterred by President Donald Trump’s actions this week to roll back Obama-era environmental protections, Mayor Robert Garcia said Long Beach vows to continue taking steps to be a local leader in the fight against global warming.

“I think it’s unfortunate what’s happening at the federal level, but it’s not going to slow us down one bit,” he said.