After President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, mayors of U.S. cities and governors of U.S. states responded with their own commitment to uphold the agreement’s guidelines anyway. Locally, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe pledged to support the accord, which requires participants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to limit the rise of the global average temperature to 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Kojo discusses what our region’s participation in the Paris agreement means for locals, and what challenges lie ahead.
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- Tommy Wells Director, D.C. Department of Energy and Environment; @TommyWells
- Damian Pitt Associate professor, School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University