TOLEDO, OH -- The Board of Lucas County Commissioners has joined a total of 1,219 governors, mayors, businesses, investors, and universities from across the U.S., representing a broad cross section of the American economy, assembled in pursuit of climate action, to declare their intent to continue to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions. Signatories of an open letter to the United Nations include leaders from 125 cities and counties, 9 states, 902 businesses and investors, and 183 colleges and universities. Participating communities represent 120 million Americans and contribute $6.2 trillion to the U.S. economy.
The Lucas County Commissioners understand that the Paris Agreement is a blueprint for job creation, stability and global prosperity and that accelerating the United States’ clean energy transition is an opportunity - not a liability - to create jobs, spur innovation, promote trade and ensure American competitiveness.
“Retreating from climate action hurts our economy, our environment and our public health. Fiat-Chrysler is investing $2 billion in our region’s Jeep factories to build more fuel efficient vehicles that reduce emissions, yet President Trump and Congress want to move backward. His short-sighted decision on the Paris Agreement puts local companies like First Solar at a disadvantage to international competitors.” said Commissioner Gerken.
Commissioner Wozniak stated that, “climate change affects all residents and businesses in Lucas County, but communities that already face socioeconomic and health inequities will be most severely impacted, including youth, elders, people of color, and low-income communities, and these communities therefore require an investment in resilience that is proportionate to these more severe risks.”
“Climate change is a significant contributing factor to harmful algal blooms. As we continue local efforts to improve the health of Lake Erie, we have also relied on America’s leadership in environmental protection. Pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord is a step backward locally and globally. It’s time for the United States to resume its global leadership role,” said Commissioner Contrada.
Lucas County through the Greater Toledo: Going Beyond Green Sustainability Plan has committed to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions per capita from 37 MT of CO2 to 22 MT of CO2 by 2030. Lucas County stands with forward-thinking businesses and communities and will continue to take action to reduce emissions and grow jobs consistent with the climate pledge made by the United States last year.