Iowa City Mayor signs initiatives supporting Paris Agreement

Ebony Scott
June 11, 2017

The resolution says the state is projected to lose 11,000 outdoor recreation jobs and $281 million in labor earnings in recreation and tourism by 2050 as a result of climate change, and that the city is being directly threatened as well.

"This is an urgent challenge, and it's much bigger than one person". We think that the President's decision to withdraw the USA from the Paris agreement is profoundly unwise and shortsighted.

"City of Helena will continue to support action to meet the Paris Agreement", it says.

The City has set a greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 26-28 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050. The agreement is nonbinding and countries are allowed to adjust their plans depending on their domestic situation, with peer pressure from other countries being the primary motivating factor. Asked about America's decision to leave the 2015 climate accord, he said, "The decision by the USA to pull out of the agreement was negative". Trump argued that the Paris agreement favors emerging economies such as China's and India's at the expense of US workers. "The Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States". By declaring that "we are still in", the signatories are putting the best interests of their constituents, customers, students and communities first while assuring the rest of the world that American leadership on climate change extends well beyond the federal government. Moving toward reducing emissions and using renewable energy can contribute to job creation and market growth. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks.

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- "Losing ground" -Brown and Perry arrived in Beijing for a ministerial-level clean energy meeting just days after Trump's shock announcement. And, we, together with practically all the countries in the world signed an agreement. "The world can not wait - and neither will we".

"It is imperative that the world know that in the USA, the actors that will provide the leadership necessary to meet our Paris commitment are found in city halls, state capitals, colleges and universities, investors, and businesses", the governor said. He said California, New York and Washington are the initial members, with those states representing more than one-fifth of U.S. Gross Domestic Product.

"Helena is already being negatively impacted by warmer weather from climate change, including increased risk of catastrophic wild fires and threats to Helena's principal municipal water supply, earlier snowmelt and reduced stream flows", the resolution says.

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