President Donald Trump announced on June 1st that his administration would pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord. The move was criticized not only by environmental activists but also business and municipal concerns. Earlier this week more than 200 members of the Climate Mayors coalition signed the U.S. Climate Alliance’s “We Are Still In” open letter to the global community. Among those in this region committing to support the Paris agreement is Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger. The Democrat says the letter is consistent with the city’s long-time position on the environment.
"Certainly the entire time I’ve been mayor and really going back further than that the city of Burlington has long been taking proactive steps to address climate change and renewable energy issues and in some ways this is just a reaffirmation of that. On the other hand I think what’s going on with that “We Are Still In” letter is interesting and new in that what it says is because most of the actions that actually impact climate change are actions and decisions that need to be made by parties other than the federal government - municipalities, states, businesses, civil society - because those are the decisions that ultimately will determine whether or not we meet our climate goals it may be possible for us to meet the Paris agreement goals even if we have a few years of President Trump not actively cooperating and participating. And that’s what we’re going to try to do."