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Martinez council endorses Paris Climate Agreement

MARTINEZ — The Martinez City Council on Wednesday night made formal its support for the Paris Climate Agreement, becoming the latest city to buck the federal government’s rejection of the pact among most world leaders to boldly fight climate change.
The unanimous 5-0 council vote reflected its members’ feelings that Martinez — both the adopted home of famed environmentalist John Muir and home of “two refineries and a chemical plant, an industrial community” — has a responsibility on several levels to do the right thing.
“We’ve been far ahead of most cities most of the time” on adopting pro-environmental measures that help fight manmade climate change, Councilman Mark Ross said.
Mayor Rob Schroder said support of the Paris Climate Agreement fits in with the city’s Climate Action Plan, first adopted in 2009 and updated several times since, a local strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve resources and prepare for climate change.
Martinez resident Felix Sanchez told the council, “We’re letting the world know … we are not in agreement with our climate-change-denying government.”

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