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Paris Agreement Withdrawal
June 1, 2017
Contact: Peter Nierengarten
Sustainability Department Director

Mayor Jordan Signs Letters for Continuing Climate Change Efforts
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Mayor Lioneld Jordan joined 61 U.S. mayors representing 36 million Americans, through the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) to sign a statement to President Trump and draft a letter to the United Nations affirming their cities’ commitment to taking every possible action to realize the principles of the Paris Climate Agreement and to continue America’s leadership on climate action. The Paris Climate Agreement is a United Nations treaty, signed by 195 countries, dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance starting in the year 2020.

The letter was written in response to President Trump’s June 1 announcement that the United States would withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.

The statement to President Trump expresses the signatory cities’ commitment to adopt, honor, and uphold commitments to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. It also expresses the cities’ intensified efforts to meet climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create the 21st clean energy economy.

In a separate letter to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Mayor Jordan – with leaders of cities, states, universities, and businesses – expresses a partnership to join forces to continue supporting climate action in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. The letter, signed by these leaders who represent a sizeable portion of the U.S. economy, acknowledges how imperative it is for the world to know that they will – without of leadership from the President – continue to pursue ambitious climate goals, working together to take forceful action to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions.

“Climate change poses a very serious threat, but also a significant economic opportunity for our City and our nation,” said Mayor Jordan. “Fayetteville is committed to working with leaders of other cities, states, universities, and businesses to combat climate change by supporting a low-carbon economy and creating good jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy.” 

On February 7, 2017 – 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 2017.

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