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Conference: US mayors may shape national climate policy

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 07: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (L) attends the Justice Department Summit on Violence Crime Reduction at the Washington Plaza Hotel October 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch invited mayors and police chiefs from 20 cities and other federal officials to the conference to discuss the root causes of crime and strategies for reducing it. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says national policy on climate change will emerge from U.S. cities now that President Donald Trump has withdrawn the country from the Paris climate accords.

Landrieu will become president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this weekend in Miami Beach, Florida.

The conference supported the Paris agreement, and according to preliminary results released Saturday from an ongoing nationwide survey, the vast majority of U.S. mayors want to work together and with the private sector to respond to climate change.

Landrieu said there’s “near unanimity” among conference members that climate change is real and caused by human actions. He said he doesn’t think U.S. mayors believe they need to wait for action from the president.