LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Mayor Mark Stodola joined 61 U.S. mayors (representing a total of about 36 million Americans), through the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) to sign a statement addressed to President Trump affirming their cities’ commitment to taking every possible action to realize the principles of the Paris Climate Agreement and to continue America’s leadership on climate action.
Mayor Stodola, First Vice President of the National League of Cities and Advisory Board Member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, also joins in those organizations’ condemnation of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.
“Yesterday we saw mayors, who understand firsthand both the challenges that cities face with regard to climate change and the momentous opportunity that our businesses have to capitalize and lead in the expanded markets for innovative clean technologies, stand united in our resolve to fulfill the promise that this global effort toward a global challenge represents,” Stodola said.
In the coming months, Mayor Stodola will work in conjunction with his volunteer Sustainability Commission to develop concrete ways that the City of Little Rock can do its part to honor the commitment to the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Mayor Stodola went on to state, “President Trump’s political decision, contrary to the wishes of the United States and global science and business communities, the American people, mayors, the majority of Congress, his own Secretary of State, the U.S. military, and many more, places the United States with only Nicaragua and Syria as non signatories. As cities, we will not let the decision stand in the way of us tackling this environmental, economic, and national security issue for our children and grandchildren. We will continue to take action.”
The full statement from the MNCAA reads:
“The President’s denial of global warming is getting a cold reception from America’s cities.As 61 mayors representing 36 million Americans, we will adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy.We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks.The world cannot wait — and neither will we.”
Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan also joins Mayor Stodola in affirming his commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.
"Climate change poses a very serious threat, but also a significant economic opportunity for our city and our nation," Jordan said. "Fayetteville is committed to working with leaders of other cities, states, universities and businesses to combat climate change by supporting a low-carbon economy and creating good jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy."
This comes after the Fayetteville City Council voted in February to support developing a citywide energy action plan focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, greater deployment of renewable energy and more. A draft of the plan is expected to be ready in the fall.
Jordan's goals to honor the Paris climate agreement in Fayetteville could meet resistance from the city council, particularly Alderman John La Tour.
La Tour called climate change "flawed science" and said he supports Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.
The city council member, who said he uses a clothesline to dry his clothes, doesn't think climate change will kill the planet.
"I'm glad we pulled out of it," La Tour said.
The alderman said he's likely to vote against any policy Jordan brings before the city council in order to align Fayetteville with the goals of the Paris climate agreement.
For more information on Fayetteville's energy action plan, click here.
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