Marty Walsh on Energy & Oil



Vice chair of Climate-Smart Low-Carbon Cities Summit

Mayors from China and the US will gather in Boston next year for the Climate-Smart Low-Carbon Cities Summit. Participants believe that, "As part of the climate change problem, cities also have the opportunity to be integral to its solution." As vice chair of the group, Mayor Walsh flew to Beijing (with travel expenses paid for by Bloomberg Philanthropies) alongside Secretary of State John Kerry. Alongside Secretary Kerry and local Chinese leaders, Walsh announced plans for the 2017 meeting.
Source: Christian Science Monitor on 2021 Biden Cabinet , Mar 16, 2014

Reduce Boston's carbon emissions & mitigate climate change

The challenges of climate change are complex. Tackling them requires innovative thinking, visionary leadership, and commitment to collaboration at the municipal level. Reducing Boston's carbon emissions will mitigate the effects of climate change while increasing Boston's ability to confront and survive those changes. Boston must prepare for the effects of rising sea levels to minimize impact both on the waterfront and throughout Boston's neighborhoods
Source: 2013 Mayoral campaign website, MartyWalsh.org, "Issues" , Nov 7, 2013

Observe Paris Climate Agreement in city, if not federally.

Walsh signed the Letter from ClimateMayors.org

Statement from the Climate Mayors in Response to President Trump's Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement: As 407 US Mayors representing 70 million Americans, we will adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. We will push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy.

We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we'll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks.

Opposing argument from the Heritage Foundation, 6/1/2017: President Donald Trump has fulfilled a key campaign pledge. The Paris Agreement, which committed the U.S. to drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, was a truly bad deal. Here are four reasons Trump was right to withdraw.

  1. The Paris Agreement was costly and ineffective--$2.5 trillion in gross domestic product by the year 2035.
  2. The agreement wasted taxpayer money. The Obama administration ended up shipping $1 billion in taxpayer dollars to corrupt governments, not those who actually need it.
  3. Withdrawal is a demonstration of leadership. The media is making a big to-do about the fact that the only countries not participating in the Paris Agreement are Syria and Nicaragua. But misery loves company, including North Korea and Iran, who are signatories of the deal.
  4. Withdrawal is good for American energy competitiveness. The best way for American energy companies to be competitive is to be innovative, not build their business models around international agreements.
    Source: Statement from 407 US Mayors on ClimateMayors.org 19-LTR-CM on Apr 15, 2019

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