President Donald Trump’s exit from the Paris climate accord generated its own global warming, touching off a worldwide political firestorm.
“Our children and grandchildren will look back on this decision, stunned that one leader could be divorced from reality and morality,” said Zack Waterman, director of the Idaho chapter of the Sierra Club.
A letter to Trump, signed by U.S. mayors representing more than 42 million constituents in 75 cities, urged the president to change course. One of the signees was Boise Mayor Dave Bieter.
“Knowing how important this is to Boiseans, it was a pretty easy decision to make” said Bieter. “Ever since [Trump’s] election, we’ve prepared to push as hard as we can on certain issues.”
The mayor isn’t a Dave-come-lately to the issue. He was among the first in the nation—and the first Idaho mayor—to sign onto the Mayor’s Agreement on Climate Change in 2006.
“Looking back, we were flying blind. We had no idea how well that would be received, but Boiseans embrace that cause,” Bieter said. “All these years later, I can tell you this is a daily push.”
Bieter pointed to renewed efforts to expand the city’s geothermal system; its conversion of hundreds of streetlights to energy efficient LEDs; construction of new LEED certified buildings; introducing electric vehicles to the city fleet and the initiation of a curbside composting program.
Perhaps Idaho’s biggest climate policy evolution can be found on Page 19 of Idaho Power’s 2016 Sustainability Report, outlining goals for Idaho’s largest…
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