With the U.S. not participating in the Paris climate agreement, cities are taking it upon themselves to fight what they call "man-made global warming." But not everyone thinks it's necessary.
At least 67 cities are now participating in the Chicago Climate Charter. That's after San Jose, California; Boulder, Colorado; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Louisville, Kentucky came on board.
"While the Trump administration continues to bury their heads deeper in the sand when it comes to climate change, local leaders are confronting the challenge head-on," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a press release published in The Hill.
Steve Milloy, author of Scare Pollution and a member of the Trump EPA transition team, says this is as sort of a wasted effort.
"You could stop all greenhouse gas emissions from the United States today and keep them shut down until the year 2100 and it would hardly make any difference in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere," Milloy tells OneNewsNow.
"So it's not going to have any effect on climate. I'm not quite sure what they're trying to accomplish. I just assume this is more virtue signaling/resistance activity going on."
Marc Morano of Climate Depot sees this as a great development, albeit not in a way some people might expect.
"If people want to do meaningless symbolism, there's no reason to do it at the national level where it's going to cost a lot of money across all 50 states," Morano states.
"If people want to waste money and do symbolic gestures and start ratcheting down their cities' energy use and emissions and start putting in mandates for energy that doesn't produce the same for fossil fuels – more power to them. But the big news here is the United States as a country is saying 'no' to the United Nations."