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Mayor Signs Pledge Towards a Fossil-Free Antioch

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by CC News
Fossil Fuels

ANTIOCH — Mayor Lamar Hernandez-Thorpe made a world-leading commitment to reject public investments in new, renewed, fossil fuel infrastructure in Antioch and steer the city toward timely climate mitigation and resilience.

“I’ve promised to address climate change head on,” said Mayor Lamar Hernadez-Thorpe. “We’ve ended oil and gas drilling in Antioch and, today, following a historic atmospheric river caused by climate change that has wreaked havoc across California, I have committed to end investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure. Moving away from fossil fuels will protect the health of our community, our air, and water and leave a liveable planet for the next generation.”

The pledge is a commitment to reject public investments in new, renewed or expanded fossil fuel infrastructure in the city of Antioch, Calif. Fossil fuels are harming our families and communities. The average global temperature on Earth has irreversibly risen by at least 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880, with most of this increase occurring since 1975. Fossil fuels, including coal, oil and gas, are the largest contributor to global warming, accounting for 75% global greenhouse gas emissions and 90% of all carbon dioxide emissions.

“We applaud the city of Antioch’s first-ever commitment to rejecting new fossil fuel infrastructure,” said Dawny’all Heydari, Climate Campaign Manager, Advocacy, Pacific Environment. “The warnings from the international scientific community and recent catastrophic weather in California make clear that there is no time to waste in moving to a zero emissions world. We call on mayors across the United States and globally to follow Mayor Lamar Hernandez-Thorpe’s lead, and say no to new fossil fuel buildouts.”

As a result of fossil-fueled global warming, Antioch will continue to experience longer, hotter, and more common heatwaves, and increased flooding from increased chances of extreme precipitation and sea level rise.

In the last week, a historic atmospheric river made worse by the effects of the climate emergency has wreaked havoc on communities across California, causing at least 875,000 power outages, four deaths, record-breaking rain and flooding, and $11 billion in damages to homes and other property.

PLEDGE BACKGROUND

By signing this pledge, the city of Antioch has committed to:

  1. Mitigate Climate Change: We will prioritize the adoption of clean energy solutions, such as renewable energy generation, energy efficiency measures, and sustainable transportation systems, to significantly reduce carbon emissions and promote a low-carbon future.
  2. Protect Public Health: By rejecting new fossil fuel infrastructure, we will improve air quality, reduce respiratory diseases, and promote a cleaner and safer environment for all, prioritizing the health and well-being of our residents.
  3. Foster Sustainable Economic Growth: We will stimulate economic growth and create new employment opportunities by investing in renewable energy projects, energy-efficient buildings, and innovative sustainable technologies, supporting local businesses and attracting green investments.

Lead by Example: As city leaders, we commit to lead by example, demonstrating our commitment to climate action, inspiring other cities to follow suit, and contributing to the global effort to combat climate change

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11 comments

Crickets February 8, 2024 - 5:06 am

Thorpe is looking for any reason to grab some air time. This is just the latest. Wonder why he doesn’t get in front of the cameras and discuss how he’s going to address crime, police recruitment, combating sideshows, economic development, neighborhood improvements, putting an absentee landlord ordinance in place. Crickets on all of the above.

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MODERATE February 8, 2024 - 6:37 am

Oh geez. Put on your hip boots before wading through this pile of manure.

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The Truth February 8, 2024 - 7:41 am

A Lamar free Antioch would be Antioch would fix all the problems and climate change issues

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The Truth February 8, 2024 - 7:41 am

A Lamar free Antioch would fix all the problems and climate change issues

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WPR February 8, 2024 - 10:20 am

How about this statement,
“As city leaders, we commit to lead by example, demonstrating our commitment to” to embark on vigorous support of our Police force to support maximum incarceration for repeat offenders and those who use violence or weapons in commission of crimes.
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Being elected to city government does not mean woke grandstanding at every opportunity it means an unwavering focus on ensuring safety of citizens and property above all else.
Condition of Antioch it’s empty boarded up businesses and rampant crime reflects the profound betrayal of public trust by those running Antioch.

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Enough is enough February 8, 2024 - 12:55 pm

“Lead by example”?? I just fell out of my chair, all things considered.

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Charlie February 8, 2024 - 10:02 pm

Lamar…How about signing a pledge toward a Felon – Free Antioch

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I'm in the Red Celica February 9, 2024 - 6:45 pm

I’m guessing his DUI, Sexual Harassment lawsuit or Behavior at City Council meetings. Are not something he wants anyone to fallow he’s lead on?
He really should make that clear. Someone might get confused about which example to fallow.

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RECALL Thorpe! February 10, 2024 - 12:39 am

NO MORE THORPE In Antioch!!

This is nothing more than this A**h***’s feeble attempt to show residents that he’s doing something, when as usual it is nothing more than talk.

It’s clear WE WILL VOTE THORPE OUT. Very, very clear.

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FOOS February 13, 2024 - 10:43 am

Hey thorpe, ask the taxpayers in Antioch what they want from our leaders. This is not at the top of the list. It’s nothing more than grandstanding by a feckless mayor who couldn’t do anything else to solve problems in our community, redirect attention away from his failures.

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Send Him Packing February 13, 2024 - 1:46 pm

He’s simply pandering to his base or perceived base, from changing his name to the climate control pledge to the unwarranted police oversight committee. See a pattern here? Notice the aforementioned have all been announced over the past week or two. He’s done nothing to address the critical issues facing the city, but he’s got plenty of time to fluff up the fluff. People need to see the obvious and ensure this guy doesn’t get another crack at bat. Vote!

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