Special Message from Mayor Scharff on Climate Change Letter
Today, the President signed an executive order to roll back critically important U.S. climate policies that will have lasting impacts to the sustainability of our planet. As a member of the Mayors' National Climate Action Agenda, I joined mayors from 75 cities across the country including Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles), Ed Lee (San Francisco), Bill de Blasio (New York), Sam Liccardo (San Jose), Rahm Emanuel (Chicago), Jim Kenney (Philadelphia) and many others to strongly object to these actions.
As we wrote in the letter, "climate change is both the greatest single threat we face and the greatest economic opportunity for our nation." As mayors, we affirmed our cities' commitment to taking every action possible to meet and hopefully exceed the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and to engage our community in this effort.
Palo Alto has a strong history of leadership in climate change and sustainability and it is a value our community has supported for decades. We have taken actions that have led to a carbon neutral electricity supply at a lower cost than competitors, and adopted a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a rate 20 years ahead of the state. Those are the actions of a city that views climate change as a defining issue for the future, and critical to our quality of life and economic vitality. To read a copy of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda letter, click here.