Air District Backs Paris Climate Agreement Despite Trump’s Rejection

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The Bay Area Air Quality Management District isn’t backing down in the fight against climate change.

On Wednesday, the agency’s Board of Directors voted in favor of supporting efforts to meet the goals of the Paris Climate agreement, despite President Donald Trump’s rejection of that deal.

Agency spokesperson Aaron Richardson said the movement involves a coalition of mayors, governors, college and university leaders working alongside businesses and investors to address climate change.

“We have some provisions in the plan that would address ways we would get lower emissions, increase carpooling, public transportation, lower emissions from single-occupancy drivers who are one of the major sources of greenhouse gases in the Bay Area,” Richardson said.

The district is the first air quality agency in the nation to formally declare its intention to join these efforts.

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  1. Dan Turner says:

    Here’s how City mayors and county supervisors can prove they are serious about reducing Co2: , #1, Install right turn arrows at all intersections that don’t have them already. #2, Make improvements to all traffic lights to eliminate unnecessary waiting at red lights. For example, uncouple paired left turn lights that force traffic to wait at red lights even when there are no cars making left turns, make improvements to traffic lights to eliminate “ghost” red lights that appear even though there are no cars or pedestrians at the intersection. Of course, I’m sure brake repair shops and people that now see red lights as nothing more that an opportunity to text would not welcome such improvements.

  2. I commend BAAQM for actually implementing policy that would contribute to environmental improvement and protection. Unfortunately, the Paris accords would not.

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