Hurricane Florence flooded out a contaminated Superfund site in Cheraw, South Carolina. Credit: The State

As Climate Change Hits the Southeast, Communities Wrestle with Politics, Funding

From Florida to West Virginia, cities and states are behind in meeting the challenge of climate change head on.

Like hundreds of other cities, Louisville, Kentucky, is searching for a path to address climate change.

Mayor Greg Fischer has declared a climate emergency, proposed a climate action plan and set a goal of reducing citywide carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050.

To get there, however, Fischer needs the cooperation of the region's electric utility, Louisville Gas and Electric Co., which depends on coal and, with its related companies, has committed only to cutting carbon emissions 70 percent from 2010 levels by 2050.

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