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Mitch Landrieu Teams with Mayors Across the U.S. to Honor Paris Climate Agreement

In an open letter published Thursday (6.1), mayors across America responded to President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord with a defiant statement promising to adopt, honor and uphold the climate change agreement. Pledging support in the letter was New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. 


As of press time, 61 mayors, together representing 36 million Americans, signed the letter as part of the Climate Mayors network (also known as, Mayors National Climate Action Agenda or MNCAA). Each promised to work with their cities to create a clean energy economy. Mayor Mitch Landrieu was the only representative from Louisiana to sign the letter


Though Louisiana is often listed among the least green states in America, New Orleans, under Landrieu’s direction, has made massive strides to improve its energy efficiency and environmental considerations through solar power investments and widespread efforts to eat locally


The letter to the American public emphasized many of the same seeds that Landrieu has planted. The letter noted, "We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks."


Updated 4:30PM

In a separate announcement, Mayor Landrieu released his official statement regarding President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord. In part, Landrieu said, “Time is of the essence in combatting this critical existential threat, and our coastal city is on the front line. We must take action to slow climate change in coordination with cities around our nation and the world.”

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