That’s not exactly abiding by the agreement, but the mayors who are making the fake pledge are hoping their voters won’t notice in Aspen, Boulder, Breckenridge, Denver, Edgewater, Lakewood, Lafayette, Longmont and Vail.
Dr. Benjamin Sanderson, a project scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, says the pledge is a message of solidarity, because any action they take won’t do much, and cities don’t have the power to uphold the agreement.
Meanwhile, the acting U.S. ambassador to China is throwing a hissy fit that we have pulled the plug, which is funny considering China is/has done nothing to abide by the agreement anyway.
China’s emissions are expected to grow nearly 32 percent through 2040, according to projections from the Energy Information Administration. The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate projected Chinese emissions increasing 34 percent over 2012 levels by 2030.
Most of this increase will come from coal-fired electricity. China pledged to use more natural gas, renewables and nuclear power, but coal is expected to provide the lion’s share of electricity in the country for decades to come.
We suggest that those mayors, along with Paris Agreement supporters Gov. Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, and U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter, Jared Polis and Diane DeGette take French President Emmanuel Macron’s offer.
He’s willing to make Paris a second homeland for those who wish to continue the fight, and there’s still plenty of direct flights available out of DIA.