Stanton on climate agreement: 'Phoenix will honor Paris Accords'

Was Donald Trump's move to pull out of the global climate accord a good idea?

PHOENIX - With President Donald Trump deciding to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said the city and others across the country will adhere to the standards of the Paris Accord.

"If the president is going to abdicate leadership on this issue," Stanton told reporters Thursday, "mayors like myself and throughout the country, we're going to step in and fill the void."

The mayor said global warming has already had an impact on the Grand Canyon State.

"Here in Arizona, extreme heat as a result of climate change is a huge issue," Stanton said.

Stanton said the city will continue to encourage sustainable energy businesses and encourage a reduction in pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Paris Accords is a non-binding agreement between all but three nations of Earth to combat global climate change.

Stanton, an oftentimes outspoken opponent of Trump, said that the city "can’t turn our backs" in a statement Wednesday.

"This is a disappointing and unfortunate decision that undermines American leadership around the world," he said.

President Donald trump said Thursday the U.S. would withdraw from the agreement because it unfairly restricts American businesses, while not holding developing countries to the same standard.

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