President Trump this afternoon announced the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015, marking a major shift from our international partners, and a move that would hamper our nation’s global efforts to curb global warming. As a member of the Mayor’s National Climate Action Agenda, I join at least 60 mayors from across the country to declare we will join forces to continue to support, lead and uphold the commitments to the goals of the Paris Agreement. This includes intensifying efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and to work together to create the 21st century clean energy economy.
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.