Kamenetz Commits Baltimore County to Paris Climate Agreement

Jun 07, 2017 10:11:00 AM EDT

Calls on Governor Hogan to Commit Maryland as Well 

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz today joined government and business leaders as a signatory in support of the global commitment to fight climate change, known as the 2016 Paris Agreement.  Last week, in defiance of the reality of climate change, President Trump announced withdrawal from the accord previously committed by President Obama. Under the agreement, the United States would cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent by 2025.

“Climate change poses one of the most significant threats to our state’s long-term health and prosperity,” said County Executive Kamenetz. “Unfortunately, President Trump would rather cut the Environmental Protection Agency budget than cut our country’s toxic emissions.”

Kamenetz also urged Governor Hogan to commit Maryland to the climate accord standards, by joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan climate advocacy coalition of state governors throughout the country.  The Alliance agreement would commit Maryland to further develop and strengthen Maryland’s current Climate Action Plan, and require sharing of information and best practices.

“Marylanders have long considered protection of the environment a sacred trust,” continued Kamenetz.  “While President Trump endangers our state, our country, and our planet, Governor Hogan refuses to take further action.”

Kamenetz officially signed on the petition posted at www.wearestillin.com, and urged Hogan to do the same.


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