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Summit County joins County Climate Coalition

The Summit County Council voted unanimously last week to join the County Climate Coalition, which was created in opposition to President Donald Trump’s intention to leave the Paris climate accord.
The Summit County Council voted unanimously last week to join the County Climate Coalition, which was created in opposition to President Donald Trump’s intention to leave the Paris climate accord.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated Press

COALVILLE — The Summit County Council voted unanimously last week to join the County Climate Coalition, which was created in opposition to President Donald Trump’s intention to leave the Paris climate accord.

“Summit County has a wealth of scenic, wild and natural landscapes which create extraordinary scenery, habitat and recreation amenities of immeasurable value to the health, welfare and enjoyment of Summit County’s residents and visitors,” Kim Carson, the council’s vice chairwoman, said in a statement. “Being good stewards of these amenities is a commitment of our council. By joining the County Climate Coalition we become a member of a larger, more impactful, united front on this issue.”

According to a statement from the county, there is no funding commitment to join the coalition, and by joining, Summit County adds its name to other counties across the nation committed to fighting climate change and pursuing efforts to achieve the goals of the Paris accord, even if the United States withdraws from it.

In 2015, all but two countries signed the Paris accord, which aims to reduce carbon emissions, slow rising global temperatures and help countries deal with the effects of climate change. The U.S. ratified the accord in September 2016 and committed to its own target of reducing carbon emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent by 2025.

On June 1, Trump announced his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement.