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Orlando mayor joins U.S. city leaders in commitment to climate agreement

Response to Trump leaving Paris climate accord

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer joined dozens of other city leaders across the country in committing to clean, renewable energy in the wake of President Donald's Trump decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord.

Climate Mayors released a statement signed by more than 80 mayors outlining their commitment to protect the environment.

"We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice," the statement read.

Other Florida mayors who signed the statement include Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson, Lauderhill Mayor Richard Kaplan, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. 

Dyer also announced on Wednesday his plan to power Orlando entirely with clean and renewable energy by 2050

“I am proud to support a vision of transitioning entirely to 100 percent clean and renewable energy in our City,” Dyer said. “Cities are the front lines where this transformation can happen and by leading an effort like this, we can not only help to improve the health of our residents but also help preserve natural resources, ensure environmental protection, create new jobs in the growing clean energy industry and drive even more economic growth to our region.”

Click here to read more on the city's Greenworks Initiative and its plan to reduce greenhouse gases.


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