Wednesday, May 31, 2017

NYC Mayor Doubles Down on Paris Climate Pact

President Trump may plan to pull out of the Paris Accord on Climate Change, but New York City won’t.

Mayor de Blasio will sign an Executive Order later this week to maintain the City’s Agreement to the International Pact to fight Climate Change, he announced Wednesday during a Press Conference on ferries in Red Hook.

“If cities and towns and counties and states all over the country step up and agree to abide by the Paris agreement, we can forestall the worst,” Mayor de Blasio said. “We can stop what President Trump may be about to do from having a devastating effect on our own people.”

Trump has not yet made a formal Announcement on what he plans to do about the deal, signed by 195 Nations including the U.S. under President Obama, but according to multiple reports he is planning to Pull Out of the Pact. That has the Mayor “deeply distressed.”

The Global consequences of Trump Pulling Out of Paris Deal: “The Paris Accord was the biggest step forward we’ve taken in many many years,” he said. “It’s unconscionable for the President of the United States to step away from it.”

De Blasio cited Hurricane Sandy havoc as an example of Climate Change’s consequences.

De Blasio, who was in the Coastal neighborhood to discuss the launch of new Ferry service there, recalled how hard Red Hook was hit during Hurricane Sandy. “I want to remind everyone that here in Red Hook we saw the destructive power of nature in the age of climate change,” he said. “We saw this community disrupted so tremendously by something that was directly affected by climate change there’s no question about it.”

The Mayor said he would look to sign the Executive Order this week, assuming Trump actually does Pull Out of the Climate Agreement.

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