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Council adopts call for County to continue advancing the goals of Paris Climate Agreement

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The adopted motion reiterates King County’s commitment to meet the goals set in the Paris Agreement regardless of the actions taken by the Administration.

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The Metropolitan King County Council today gave its unanimous support to having the County continue to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, the effort to reduce the impacts of global warming. The multi-nation agreement focuses on the efforts to reduce the greenhouse emissions that are a playing a role in the increase in global warming.

“The Paris Climate Agreement was a landmark moment for the entire world in our fight against climate change,” said Council Chair Joe McDermott, prime sponsor of the motion. “Today’s action by the Council will ensure that King County will continue to hold up its end of the deal, and signal to the international community that we do not share the shortsightedness exhibited by our leaders in Washington, D.C.”

“I am very pleased that King County will continue to address the challenges of climate change at the local level,” said motion co-sponsor Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles. “From investing in zero-emissions buses to protecting our migrating salmon despite rising temperatures—we will work tirelessly on all levels to safeguard the health, beauty and natural resources of the Pacific Northwest for generations to come.”

In June, the President announced his intent to have the United States withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The adopted motion reiterates King County’s commitment to meet the goals set in the Paris Agreement regardless of the actions taken by the Administration.

In 2014, King County and the 39 cities that make up the County adopted shared regional targets to reduce countywide greenhouse gas emissions. A year later, the Council adopted the King County Strategic Climate Plan, one of the most ambitious climate action plans in the United States, a roadmap to reducing carbon pollution and preparing for climate change impacts.

The adopted motion states that King County will continue working toward advancing the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement along with meeting the goals set by the 2015 King County Strategic Climate Plan.

The County will also continue its collaborative effort with national and international coalitions of local governments and businesses to share best practices and advocate for state and federal policy frameworks that advance energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change goals.
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