Salt Lake City mayor criticizes Paris accord withdrawal

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The mayor of Salt Lake City says Utah’s capital city will continue to follow the guidelines of the Paris climate change accord despite Republican President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the pact.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski, a Democrat, said in a news release Thursday that warming temperatures are threatening the state’s water supply, air quality and ski industry.

She said cities "must lead where the White House refuses to."

Biskupski also signed a letter sent by a coalition of U.S. mayors called the "Climate Mayors" that criticizes President Trump’s "denial of global warming." The coalition vows to buy and create more demand for electric vehicles and cut greenhouse emissions.

"The world cannot wait – and neither will we," the mayors wrote.

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