STATEMENT: California Won’t Back Away from Climate Change Policies, Despite U.S. Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement

November 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement following the announcement today that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement:

“From raging wildfires to sea level rise along our California coastline, climate change is an undeniable reality, and it is extremely disheartening that the federal administration has decided to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Here in California – which will participate in the 2020 UN Climate Change Conference in Scotland – we believe in the tenets of that pact, and remain committed to our goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing renewable energy sources. Climate change threatens everything from the air we breathe to our military assets – we can’t, and we won’t, back away from the kinds of improvements and policies that will keep our planet, and our communities, healthy.”


Toni G. Atkins is President pro Tempore of the California Senate. Having previously served as Speaker of the California Assembly, she began her tenure in the Senate in 2016. As Senator for District 39, she represents the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar and Solana Beach. Website of President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins:

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