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Santa Monica Councilman Challenges President on Environment
By Jonathan Friedman
June 12, 2017 -- When President Donald Trump announced earlier this month that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, the decision received a mixed reaction nationwide and a mostly negative reception in left-leaning Santa Monica.
City Councilmember Kevin McKeown, long known as a champion for various “green” measures, was one of those who opposed Trump’s decision.
The day after the president's announcement, McKeown submitted an item for the City Council agenda that the municipal governing body “reaffirm our commitment to the Paris goals.”
A pact between some 200 nations, the Paris Climate Agreement asks members to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to fight climate change. Under the pact, the U.S., which is second to China as the world’s largest emitter of carbon, would be required to reduce fossil fuel emissions nearly 30 percent by 2025.
Trump -- who vowed to “cancel” the climate deal during his campaign -- has called its rules “draconian" and unfair to the U.S.
He told The Lookout he met Pacific islanders at the conference who he said would see their homelands submerged by the middle of the century.
The City adopted one of the nation’s first sustainable city plans in 1994. It has a goal on record of being “carbon neutral” by 2050.
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