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Commissioners Court: We’ll always have Paris

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

The Travis County Commissioners Court formally affirmed its commitment to the Paris climate agreement on Tuesday. The court voted 4-1 to join the We Are Still In Coalition, a group that includes 15 states and 435 cities and counties that have pledged to uphold the terms of the accord despite President Donald Trump’s decision to turn the federal government’s back on it. The court’s lone Republican, Commissioner Gerald Daugherty, voted against the resolution. In a joint statement, County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and Commissioner Brigid Shea said, “By upholding the Paris climate agreement, Travis County will join the more than 2,500 government, business and grassroots leaders from across the nation who understand the value and benefits of reducing emissions and transitioning to a clean energy economy. More importantly, Travis County will be at the forefront to reap the benefits created by the resulting growing economy. To do anything less would be shortsighted.”

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