Ex-President Clinton urges mayors to go green, create new jobs

MIAMI _ The latest celebrity to speak at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami, former President Bill Clinton turned up Sunday and urged the mayors gathered there to maximize energy efficiency, an effort that he said will help both the environment and the economy.

Clinton's address at the conference continued the sharp focus on green issues that has colored the four-day meeting: from climate change and rising gas prices to an anti-bottled water campaign and sustainable development.

Clinton said if city leaders take advantage of loan programs to refit their buildings to make them more energy efficient, they could reduce their carbon footprint, create jobs and save money.

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