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San Mateo County supervisors: We still support Paris climate accord

Original post made on Jul 6, 2017

Although the United States is withdrawing from the international treaty on greenhouse gases known as the Paris climate accord, San Mateo County's Board of Supervisors has reaffirmed its commitment to the accord's goals.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 6, 2017, 11:40 AM

Comments (14)

Posted by Thinking voter
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Jul 6, 2017 at 2:11 pm

SMH. Why don't you take the resources you'll waste on this symbolic gesture, place them in a firepit and set them aflame. At least you'll get some warmth from the $$$. This is a completely worthless gesture by our virtue signalling imbeciles.

Posted by is real Carlos
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 6, 2017 at 5:29 pm

"Thinking voter" was the type of poster whom a few years ago insisted that Climate Change was a hoax.

Yet calls our elected politicians 'imbeciles'.


Posted by Bea Careful
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 7, 2017 at 1:41 am

The same peoole who told us that there was 99% likelihood that Hillary Clinton would win the election are now telling us what the climate will be like in 83 years. Get real.

Spend your time and money on something worthwhile for the county.

Posted by David Brittain
a resident of another community
on Jul 7, 2017 at 9:01 am

It's great to see the board of supervisors supporting this. San Mateo County is in the top five most vulnerable counties in the US to sea level rise. We need to be taking action now to mitigate and adapt.

Posted by Ginny Fleming
a resident of another community
on Jul 7, 2017 at 9:04 am

I agree wholeheartedly with the resolution put forward by the Board of Supervisors. It's hard for people to grasp the magnitude of problems that are coming because they aren't hitting us hard right now on the peninsula. The problem is that if we don't act now and strongly, we will have zero power to affect the climate later. I encourage everyone to become more informed. Before you dismiss this as "doom and gloom", educate yourself. Not only our grandchildren's lives but the life of the one planet we have depend on it.

Posted by is real Carlos
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 7, 2017 at 9:16 am

"The same peoole (sic) who told us that there was 99% likelihood..."

What an idiotic comparison. Share a list of peer-reviewed scientific studies that claimed the above absurd notion. Comparing the science community's peer reviewed studies with a pollster - that's the status of today's climate denier.

How embarrassing. That's the best you have to hide behind? Exxon clearly doesn't pay enough to bring out the big-ly liars these days!

NOAA: "since the start of the 21st century, the annual global temperature record has been broken five times (2005, 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2016)."

Posted by Alan Mattlage
a resident of another community
on Jul 7, 2017 at 10:27 am

It's great to see the Board of Supervisors endorsing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Adaptation costs will be significant, but if we do nothing, those costs will be even greater. By reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we can reduce the costs of adaptation.

Posted by Diana Chapman Walsh
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 7, 2017 at 11:50 am

I, with all who have posted positive responses, applaud this well-reasoned, unanimous and timely resolution from the San Mateo Board of Supervisors. They are fulfilling their obligation to do all they can to ensure the health and safety of our community. The world's scientists are united in their asessment of the very serious impending dangers of a planet warming rapidly from the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. The Board's resolution will need to be followed, of course, by increasingly effective action across a range of solutions. Paul Hawken's recent talk at Kepler's book store, and "Drawdown," the fascinating and readable book he edited and presented, point to many promising approaches we can study and consider. The resolution is a great start.

Posted by Cynthia McLaughlin
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jul 7, 2017 at 12:50 pm

I'm proud of our county supervisors for taking action. Yes, we need to do more and setting goals is the first step.

Posted by Matt Brocchini
a resident of another community
on Jul 7, 2017 at 1:36 pm

It is great to see San Mateo county taking a stand on this issue. We have a lot of work to do but being clear about the importance of the issue and making a commitment to address it is an important step.

Posted by Ellyn Dooley
a resident of another community
on Jul 7, 2017 at 1:51 pm

Thank you and kudos to our forward thinking Board of Supervisors for acting on our behalf to demonstrate their commitment to taking action on global warming and standing with cities, counties, states and countries from around the world. Sea level rise is not only predictable but the effects of flooding have already been experienced in some of our communities. These are not one off occurrences and need to be addressed as it is clear that the melting of the Arctic cap is increasing at an accelerated rate, faster than originally predicted. Where does that water go? Into our oceans and seas. As we face the future, the only question is not will it rise, but how high will it rise. Being a land mass surrounded on 3 sides by water, it would be irresponsible not to start planning and addressing this issue now. Protecting our infrastructure, our homes and our communities is something that our Board has been acting on for years and deserve our gratitude and appreciation.

Posted by T R Zucker
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 7, 2017 at 2:19 pm

Let's see... who hides behind anonymity like "Bea Careful", and who uses names?

Makes one wonder if Science deniers speak publicly about their conspiracy theories, and if so, how normal folk think and react to those ramblings. Do they just stay on reddit and the fringe RW sites?

Must be awful to have to hide like that.

Posted by Dr. Science
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jul 8, 2017 at 4:23 am

[Post removed for using multiple names on same thread.]

Posted by T R Zucker
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 8, 2017 at 5:30 am

"Dr. Science" says "I am a scientist"

You can't make this stuff up.

Deniers that claim a title but will not post under their names. Way to go out on a limb.

And your published findings?

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