Faulconer, Brown join backlash against Trump's Paris Accord withdrawal

Posted at 6:32 PM, Jun 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 21:32:06-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Echoing the voices of global and local leaders Thursday, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said San Diego remains "100 percent committed" to policies geared toward environmental protection, following President Donald Trump's announcement to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement.

"San Diego remains as committed as ever to implementing our landmark Climate Action Plan and being a national leader in solar, renewable energy use, water purification, and green job creation. We cannot protect America's interests without a seat at the table, so San Diego will continue to lead on environmental protection," Faulconer said.

The mayor has been notable in pursuing environmental protection policies geared toward reducing emission levels and expanding the use of renewable energy.

President Trump announced Thursday that U.S. commitments under the climate change agreement were null and void effective immediately.

"In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord but negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction under terms that are fair to the United States,"  Trump said during a conference in the White House Rose Garden.

The agreement has been signed by 195 nations. The U.S., Syria, and Nicaragua are now the only countries not signed on to the accord.

"Today's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement underscores how important it is for major U.S. cities to lead the way and take definite action to leave a better planet than the one we inherited," Faulconer said.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown also issued a statement shortly after the announcement, calling the decision "the wrong course."

"Donald Trump has absolutely chosen the wrong course. He's wrong on the facts. America's economy is boosted by following the Paris Agreement. He's wrong on the science," Brown said. "Totally wrong. California will resist this misguided and insane course of action. Trump is AWOL but California is on the field, ready for battle."

Since the announcement leaders from France, Germany, China and Italy have spoken out against President Trump's decision and business tycoons Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, and Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, have decided to leave their positions on the president's business advisory council.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto also called out the decision on Twitter. Pittsburgh was called out in the president's speech as he said, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris."

"Fact: Hillary Clinton received 80 percent of the vote in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh stands with the world & will follow Paris Agreement," Peduto tweeted.