NEWS: Utah reactions to Paris climate change departure mixed

By Dennis Romboy and Amy Joi O’Donoghue
Published: June 1, 2017.

Clean air advocates, Salt Lake City’s mayor and coal critics decried President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States from the Paris climate change agreement, but his move brought praise by the state’s GOP senators.

“I look forward to working with the president to rein in the overregulation of the Obama administration and help America’s businesses compete globally,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who added the plan did little to help the environment but had negative impacts on jobs.

But the mayor of Utah’s capital city said the action sets the country back.

“This unprecedented action by President Trump affects each and every one of us. We must lead where the White House refuses to,” charged Salt Lake Mayor Jackie Biskupski, a Democrat, in a statement released Thursday after the announcement.

Biskupski joined a group of 61 mayors nationwide in affirming a commitment to goals outlined in the climate accord, which include holding the rise in the global temperature to well below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels.

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