President Brings Out the Best in New Yorkers

Trump Does the Impossible, Joins Mayors Bloomberg & de Blasio in Common Cause

Updated 7 weeks ago Peter McCarthy
Mayor Bill de Blasio signs on with the Paris Accords, joining an effort lead by his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg
Mayor Bill de Blasio signs on with the Paris Accords, joining an effort lead by his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg
Photo courtesy: New York City, Office of the Mayor

They said it couldn't be done, but that was BTA (Before Trump's America). President Trump miraculously united Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio, NYC Mayors who can't stand each other, in standing up for environmental sanity.

"Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order today that promised New York City would commit to the principles enshrined in the Paris Climate Agreement following President Trump’s announcement that he would formally withdraw the nation from the accord," the administration declared.

What went unsaid is that the organization of states, cities and companies banding together to offer the world a more environmentally aware alternative to Trump's America is being led and mostly funded by de Blasio's predecessor as Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg.

Add this to the list of things to be proud of in our incredibly complex and vital hometown - even political opponents agree on the most critical matters facing us as a nation. Bloomberg and de Blasio are putting us front and center in a movement determined to counter the debacle rolling in waves out of Washington.

The larger coalition will present a plan to the United Nations, now that Trump has pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, that pledges to meet greenhouse gas emission goals without national government involvement.

“We’re going to do everything America would have done if it had stayed committed,” Bloomberg told the New York Times in an interview.

Los Angeles, Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Pittsburg are among the cities who have joined companies like Hewlett-Packard in signing on. By redoubling their efforts, Bloomberg's group believes they can meet and even exceed the goals originally agreed to by the Obama Administration.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, California's Jerry Brown and Jay Inslee from Washington have separately announced forming an alliance also committed to meeting the accord's goals.

It's a significant shift toward local leadership away from Washington, organizing effective power locally.

While pulling out of the climate accord is not as simple or easy as media reports make it seem, there's concern that Trump will stop paying our share of funding for the agreement, although existing commitments mean we can't be completely removed for several years. Here again, New York's former mayor has an answer.

If necessary, Bloomberg Philanthropies will kick in the $14 million needed in the next two years, if Trump refuses to pay.

This is how New York leads. You don't have to be a progressive or a conservative to understand that we all must work together for a sane approach to environmental challenges.

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