Santa Monica and Fellow Climate Mayors Applaud U.S. Action to Rejoin Paris Agreement

January 20, 2021 10:50 PM

Today, the City of Santa Monica joined mayors from across the country in applauding President Joe Biden’s Executive Order to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement. Climate Mayors, a bipartisan network of over 470 U.S. mayors working to combat climate change through meaningful actions in their communities, issued the following statement regarding the action:

“Since 2017, when the previous administration announced its intention to leave the Paris Agreement, Climate Mayors served as a bulwark against climate complacency. Our 474 member cities have remained committed to upholding the Paris Agreement, and have taken strong actions to reduce carbon emissions and keep the United States on a path of climate progress.”

In 2015, then Mayor Kevin McKeown joined mayors from across the globe in Paris and presented on the electrification of the Big Blue Bus. Councilmember McKeown shares the following about the return to the Paris Agreement. 

“Having shared the solemn commitment to save our planet we achieved in Paris, the last few years of Trump backsliding have been heartbreaking.  We in Santa Monica have forged forward nonetheless, adopting a comprehensive Climate Action and Adaptation Plan for an 80% carbon emission reduction by 2030.  Two years ago, we significantly cut our greenhouse gas emissions virtually overnight, switching to 100% renewably sourced electricity from the Clean Power Alliance, which we helped organize.  Now, at last, thanks to President Biden, we in Santa Monica can return to leading our nation in the battle against climate change and toward a sustainable future for generations to come.” 

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