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June 02, 2017

Statement of Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Deborah R. Gross on the Paris Agreement

In light of President Trump’s announcement that he will withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change, Chancellor Deborah R. Gross issued the following statement on behalf of the 12,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association:

“Yesterday President Donald J. Trump announced that he will withdraw the United States from the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. In 2014, the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Board of Governors adopted a resolution asking that federal, state and local governments take action to address global climate change to protect the rights of all people to a secure and safe environment by:

  • Acknowledging the reality and threat of global climate change caused by human activities,
  • Taking immediate and effective action to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and
  • Taking other reasonable measures to focus government at the international, national, state, and local levels on the problem of climate change.

“The President’s action not only threatens the future of the planet, but also prevents the United States from playing a leadership role on climate change and demonstrates to other countries that our country cannot be trusted to honor its prior commitments.

“We commend the 82 mayors, including the Mayor of Philadelphia, for committing to adopt, honor and uphold the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

“On behalf of our membership, and in accordance with our 2014 resolution supporting action on climate change, I urge Congress to pass a law committing the United States to the Paris Agreement and committing the United States government to using its power to help solve the problem of climate change, for the good of its citizens and all humankind now and in the future.”

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