Mayor R. Rex Parris, Republican Mayor of Lancaster, CA
Is Mayor Parris a sign that the Republican party may finally be ready to give credence to science?
We hope so, though James Inhofe doesn’t seem to share the same sentiment as Mayor Parris, even though scientists agree climate change will impact our world and the military recognizes that these changes will affect our national security.
Mayors have been some of the most active leaders in the United States on climate charge, probably because they realize that the localized effects will impact their communities in specific ways. The Mayors have frequently urged federal action, because as they move to protect their people, they realize that some actions, like a nationwide energy transition, expensive storm water management systems and disaster preparedness require assistance from the Feds.