President Trump recently signed an Executive Order, rolling back a lot of the environmental protections put in place during the Obama administration. Along with more than 40 other mayors, Fayetteville Mayor, Lioneld Jordan is encouraging the President to reconsider his plan.
Peter Nierengarten, Fayetteville Sustainability Director, “We think that’s a mistake. We feel like these are opportunities to create jobs. We feel like investment in the low carbon economy is the wave of the future. We think it’s the right thing to do from an economic perspective and an environmental perspective. I would encourage him to look at this as an opportunity moving forward.”
President Trump’s Executive Order overturns initiatives designed to stop climate change and regulate carbon emissions. Fayetteville Sustainability Director says regardless of the new political directive, they’ll still work with companies to use cleaner energy.
“Much of the electricity that is consumed in Northwest Arkansas comes from coal which is very carbon intensive. We want to work with our utility companies to try to find more ways to use renewables,” Nierengarten said.
Finding cleaner sources of electricity were the main targets of President Obama’s EPA regulations. One way to cut down on carbon emissions, drive less.
“We are continuing to focus on bicycling infrastructure and sidewalk construction. So that citizens can walk and bicycle and take public transit for their transportation needs,” said Nierengarten.
Nierengarten said the EPA roll backs show a lack of leadership on the federal level and it’s up to local governments to keep places like this in the natural state, efficient and beautiful.
“I have to remain hopeful. I will not make it to the year 2100 but i have a five year old son that has a good chance of making it to that date and under the current trajectory the year 2100 looks fairly dangerous in terms of a volatile climate,” said Nierengarten.