Monday, June 5, 2017

Buddy Dyer among 211 mayors committing to uphold Paris Agreement goals

Posted By on Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 12:02 PM

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Since President Trump pulled out of the Paris climate agreement last week, over 200 mayors across the county have been pledging their commitment to fight climate change, and one of them is Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

As of today, the list of mayors has grown from 180 to 211, and Dyer made sure to let his support be known.

The group, calling themselves the Climate Mayors, says they will "intensify efforts to meet each of our cities' current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st-century clean energy economy."

In his announcement of the withdrawal, Trump mentioned that there would be negotiations to re-enter the deal "only if it doesn't harm the American economy." Gov. Rick Scott defended this decision, reports the Miami Herald, saying, "The Paris accord clearly was not focused on American jobs. And it’s no different than we’ve done here."

Trump's withdrawal came just two weeks after Dyer announced his endorsement of the Mayors for 100% Clean Energy initiative. The initiative supports a vision of 100 percent clean and renewable energy in communities nationwide. Dyer's goal is to have Orlando completely powered by renewable energy by the year 2050. Mayors of nine other Florida cities have endorsed the initiative as well, including Delray Beach, Daytona Beach and St. Petersburg.

Some of the changes we might expect include a transition to solar power, and Orlando's sustainability director Chris Castro told the Orlando Sentinel that the city must study and most likely revamp its electrical grid. There is no word on how soon we will begin to see such changes.

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