For Immediate Release
March 28, 2017 Contact:
Sustainability Department Director
Mayor Jordan Signs Letter Objecting President Trump’s
Climate Policy Reversals
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Mayor Lioneld Jordan united with 35 mayors through the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA)
and signed a letter
to affirm cities’ commitment to taking every action possible to achieve the principles of the Paris Climate Agreement and to continue America’s leadership on climate action. The Paris Climate Agreement’s “central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. [The agreement] brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so.
” Almost 200 countries signed the agreement in 2015 and more than 141 countries have ratified it (making the agreement legally binding), including the United States.
MNCAA members wrote the letter in response to President Trump’s March 28 executive order that reverses major rules on greenhouse-gas emissions, instructs federal agencies to moderate the risk of climate change in decision-making, and begins the process of dismantling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants).
The letter warns of the costs of inaction on climate change and encourages President Trump to join America's cities in moving forward in protecting citizens from the disastrous effects of climate change, and create a thriving 21st century economy.
“Climate change is both a very serious threat and a significant economic opportunity for our City and our nation,” said Mayor Jordan. “Fayetteville is committed to working with other cities and within our community to combat climate change by supporting a low-carbon economy and creating good jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy.”
On February 7, Fayetteville’s City Council voted to support the development of a citywide Energy Action Plan that focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, encouraging greater deployment of renewable energy, and increasing energy efficiency with fuel-efficient vehicles. City staff has begun working with stakeholders to develop this plan, with the hope of bringing a draft Energy Action Plan back to City Council for adoption in the fall. More information can be found on the City’s website at: www.fayetteville-ar.gov/EnergyActionPlan