de Blasio signs executive order to keep Paris agreement


Following the example of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, who scoffed at Trump’s alliterative statement that he “was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order Friday to illustrate the city’s continued commitment to upholding the goals of the Paris climate accord.

“We here in New York City are shocked at the development this week in Washington, D.C., to see the president of the United States pull out of the Paris accord and literally set this nation, and the whole globe, on the path of denial,” de Blasio said.

According to the order, New York City will conform to the principles of the Paris climate agreement, which include “reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 and keeping a global temperature increase below 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

City agencies must now “work with the mayor’s Office of Sustainability to create a plan by September 30 to further reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions,” reads the order, which further says that New York City will work with other cities, states and countries to meet commitments set in the Paris agreement.

Stating that “we have to take matters into our own hands,” de Blasio added, “The actions of President Trump have undermined what we’re doing and what cities and states all over the country are doing, and that means we have to go farther.”

The big-city mayor put out a succession of tweets on Wednesday, expressing his outrage over Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the 2015 agreement, calling it “horribly destructive” and a threat to the city’s future.

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