WASHINGTON — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed an executive order Monday stating the District will adopt, uphold and honor the goals of the Paris Climate Accord days after President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw.
“We frequently get frustrated with gridlock at the federal level,” said Bowser after a signing ceremony. “Or, in this case pulling back from commitments.”
Bowser and nearly 200 U.S. mayors have agreed to address the effects of climate change while bolstering the growing green economy.
The mayor said Trump’s decision to leave the Paris deal was not a surprise.
“I think it was very clear for the last several months that one of the values that we were going to have to stand up and protect and defend the most was our commitment to the environment, and fighting climate change,” said Bowser.
Bowser and Department of Energy and Environment Director Tommy Wells said the District has been investing heavily and planning to help create jobs, expand solar power, lower energy costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“Not to just do what’s right for the environment, but what’s right for our bottom line,” Bowser said.
“We are looking to make sure our residents are healthy, and we’re investing in the types of programs and policies that will keep them that way,” Bowser said. “I’m elected to make decisions on the tax dollars that we collect from D.C. residents and businesses, and committing them to well-thought-out plans that help our city’s bottom line.”
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