Despite the fact that President Donald Trump announced yesterday that the US would be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer are standing by the accord.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“While there is no doubt that the actions by the President are a step backward, Jersey City and cities across the country will continue to be leaders on climate change,” Fulop said in a statement.
“We have the ability at the local level and in cities to make significant impact in the area of climate change. In Jersey City, we will continue to invest in green infrastructure, clean energy, expanded open space and innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint.”
Fulop is one of 82 “Climate Mayors” across the country who have vowed to uphold the policies and goals of the PCA (h/t The Medium).
The agreement, which included 195 different nations, is an initiative to come up with a financial plan to adapt and cut greenhouse gas emissions – beginning in the year 2020.
While Zimmer is not a part of the Climate Mayors coalition, she is a part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional 2 Local Advisory Committee.
In a response to a tweet from Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Phil Murphy saying NJ will join the US Climate Alliance under his leadership, Zimmer said Hoboken plans to follow suit.
Hoboken will stand with states and cities committed to the Paris agreement https://t.co/gDu3mBYmDx
â€” Dawn Zimmer (@dawnzimmernj) June 1, 2017