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A wind turbine near King City, Missouri. Photo: Charlie Riedel / AP

With President Trump planning to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, 57% of Americans say they want local governments to work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their own, according to a new poll by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. Only 10% oppose that stance.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors approved resolutions this June committing to have their cities run on 100% renewable energy by 2035. 379 mayors, representing 67.8 million Americans, have committed to upholding the Paris climate accord goals. "We're leading the conversation because we have to now," Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski told the AP.

  • 42% (and 64% of Democrats) oppose exiting the Paris accord while 28% (46% of Republicans) favored the move.
  • 72% of Americans overall say they believe climate change is happening.
  • 63% (82% of Democrats and 43% of Republicans) think human activity is at least partly responsible.
  • Something to think about: 51% would be willing to pay $1 extra each month on their electricity bill to help fight climate change. Only about 3 in 10 would be willing to pay an additional $20 to $40 each month.

The poll surveyed 1,038 adults between August 17-21, before the hurricanes hit Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Margin of error: 4.1 percentage points. Paid for by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago.

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Thousands of John Deere workers hit the picket line this week after the union smacked down a new worker contract from the farm and equipment maker.

Why it matters: There’s a wave of worker angst spreading across the country. They wield new power that’s come with a historic worker shortage.

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Better sensors, more intelligent AI, and the coming wave of 5G wireless could finally fulfill the promise of the smart city.

Why it matters: How we organize, run and power our cities will be increasingly important in the years ahead, as urbanization expands and the damaging effects of climate change compound.

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A pillar of Democrats' plans to speed deployment of zero-carbon electricity is likely to be cut from major spending and tax legislation they are struggling to move on a party-line vote, per multiple reports and a Capitol Hill aide.

Driving the news: The New York Times, citing anonymous congressional aides and lobbyists, reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has told the White House he "strongly opposes" the Clean Electricity Performance Program.

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