Helena might honor climate deal rejected by Trump

In a press release Friday afternoon, the mayor's office said the city is dedicated to the protection and preservation of our environment and natural resources, and Mayor Day's commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement acts as a formal reaffirmation of this dedication.

It is hard to claim President Donald Trump's decision last week to withdraw the United States from the Paris accord on climate change will necessarily have a negative long-term effect on the environment.

"The city has recognized the challenge of climate change since the year 2000 when the committee was formed", she said.

The United States withdrew from the Paris Agreement last week and in response the Mayor has signed two letters acknowledging his and the City Councils' support of the global climate agreement and its goals.

According to media reports, Trump said the United States would withdraw from the agreement because it places unfair environmental standards and subsequent financial burdens on the country and its citizens.

Second, the accord was non-binding, meaning the US doesn't have to withdraw to avoid meeting its obligations-a pledge to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 and commit up to $3 billion in aid for poorer countries by 2020.

The Paris Agreement, established in 2015, aims to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius, a threshold that scientists say would have catastrophic and irreversible effects on the planet.

Trump said the deal gives other countries an "unfair advantage" over the United States, and allows other polluting countries to continue greenhouse gas emissions while the U.S.is forced to cut its own.

"If the president is going to be AWOL in this profoundly important human endeavor, then California and other states will step up", Brown said. "We are committed to ensuring that we will do our best to address the issue related to climate change and global warming", Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan had said, hours after the U.S. had announced its withdrawal.

Gap Inc.'s president and CEO Art Peck stated, "Gap Inc. believes that action on climate change is not an option, it's an imperative".

The initiative was coordinated among over a dozen groups working on collective climate action. "The Hawaii State Legislature understands the importance of taking action, and I applaud its work this session to ensure that we continue to deliver the island Earth that we want to leave to our children".

The Helena City Commission could take a vote on Haladay's resolution at its June 26 meeting.

The Paris Climate Agreement is an agreement which was signed by 195 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change members.

  • Zachary Reyes