King County Executive Dow Constantine today released the following statement on President Trump's decision on the Paris Climate Accord.
I never imagined that an American President would make himself the greatest threat to our survival, or leave China and Europe as the best hopes to save our planet. Trump's abandonment of the Paris accords goes well beyond ignorance. It is willful, knowing sabotage of the future. It is arson for profit. It is immoral. But despite Trump, and despite Congressional Republicans' fealty to their fossil fuel patrons, progress will continue at the local level.
In metropolitan regions across America, innovation and smart policies are reducing carbon pollution and creating the way forward. Here, we are protecting farms and forests, converting to zero-emission battery buses, and using King County government's energy purchasing power to create more clean energy capacity. We are not willing to give up on this nation or this planet, and we will continue to summon the courage and commitment to meet the most pressing challenge of our time.