TPPF statement on the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Climate Change Resolutions

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AUSTIN – James Quintero, Director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Local Governance issued this statement today about the U.S. Conference of Mayors:
“Earlier today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors began wrapping up its annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, by passing several dubious climate-change resolutions that call for a massive expansion of federal power and authority in the day-to-day affairs of urban residents. Inviting federal intrusion of this magnitude not only constitutes poor public policy but also threatens to undermine a basic tenet of good governance: local control.
“The Conference has adopted the liberal stance and solution to the issue of man-made global warming. Forgetting for a moment the serious scientific disputes surrounding climate change, there is little reason to believe that a proper solution entails handing over more control and authority to the federal government when it comes to the lives of urban Texans.
“Local control is a cornerstone of good governance. Neither we, nor our elected officials, should so hastily surrender this freedom to a vast federal bureaucracy — particularly when the science is still being debated.”

James Quintero is Director of the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. As a Senior Policy Analyst with the Center for Fiscal Policy, Quintero concentrated on restricting the growth of taxation, appropriations reform, increasing governmental transparency, and instituting expenditure limits. Quintero holds an MPA with an emphasis on Public Finance from Texas State University.
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