In the wake of President Trump's announcement that the US will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, citizens have pledged to boost their efforts to maintain progress toward the goals of the agreement.
A group including 30 mayors, three governors, 80 university presidents and more than 100 businesses was put together by Michael Bloomberg, envoy to the climate change agreement. They have begun negotiating with the United Nations to accept the group's emissions reduction plan. They and many more have vowed to follow the Paris Agreement policies in spite of the withdrawal.
Hundreds of mayors have vowed to honor the climate commitments, and a growing number of states have indicated the same. An alliance between California, Washington, New York, and nine other states quickly vowed to drop emissions by 26-28 percent from 2005 levels. Those states represent some of the largest US economies, and a considerable portion of the overall emissions.
Many big companies are already spending billions to cut down on their emissions and this withdrawal will probably not stop these plans. Renewable energy is already creating jobs 12 times faster than the rest of the economy.
The Kent Environmental Council believes that this is what our community needs to do as well and we are hoping that something similar can be enacted in Kent. To try to kick this problem down the road instead of addressing it now is foolish. We need to promote energy conservation and the use of clean energy sources in all the ways that we can. If our officials take climate change into consideration in all their decisions, I am sure that we can make our contribution to address this world-wide crisis.
This might include negotiating contracts with local utilities to supply us with greater amounts of renewable energy, retrofitting older city buildings with solar panels, making sure supply chains are climate-friendly, assuring that we continue to be a Tree City, providing incentives to area manufacturers to operate in environmentally conscious and protective ways, purchasing a natural gas fueled vehicles, etc. Members of KEC look forward to meeting with council and the city's Sustainability Commission to further discuss our shared concerns.
Chair on behalf of Kent Environmental Council board
SPIN..From above:...President Trump's announcement that the US will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement,...
*** Lis, why don't you report the rest of the story..???
The Trump Administration is negotiating a better deal for the U.S....What is wrong with that..???
From:..whitehouse.gov..1 June 2017...Press Release:..
Pres. Trump;..Therefore, in order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the
United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord....
but begin "Negotiations to Re-enter" either the Paris Accord or a really entirely new
transaction on terms that are "Fair" to the United States,its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.......So we’re getting out......
But ,"We Will Start to Negotiate", and we will see if we can make a deal that’s "FAIR"....
From above:.."Kent can help save our Earth" ...Lis Regula....
Kent should help SAVE the Cuyahoga River first...If you can't save the river , how can you save the earth...???
City of Kent Water Reclaimation Division