San Francisco, CA – In response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, The Honorable Mayor Edwin Lee of San Francisco and Truman National Security Project San Francisco Chapter Political Partner and Human Rights Commissioner Hala Hijazi released the following statements:
“Climate change is one of our world’s greatest economic and health risks,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “The decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement is not only shortsighted and dangerous, but will further erode our nation’s global standing within the international community. In the absence of federal leadership, San Francisco will continue to take aggressive measures on climate change. Our City is proof that strong action on climate change is good for the planet and good for business. Since 1990, we have reduced our citywide emissions by 28 percent, even while our population has grown by 19 percent and our local economy by 78 percent. San Francisco is committed to working with cities, regions, states, institutions and businesses both nationally and internationally in the fight against climate change. The rest of the world’s countries have signaled they are committed to the Paris Agreement and so is San Francisco.”
“San Francisco knows the local effects of climate change all too well. This Administration's anti-environmental agenda not only threatens our citizens' health but also exposes us to global economic and national security risks. This reckless and irresponsible agenda and recent actions cannot jeopardize the United States' leadership and moral authority to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of future generations. Our failure to engage and sustain multi-lateral diplomacy will have grave economic and diplomatic consequences. That is why San Franciscans and I stand with and are proud of Mayor Lee's unwavering commitment to continue the American citizens' pledge to fulfill the historic Paris Agreement accepted and signed by 195 countries, including the G6 Nations,” said Commissioner Hijazi.