Mayor Walsh says Boston will not back down from work to make the city "carbon neutral" by 2050 and take other steps to protect the city from the effects of climate change no matter what the White House does.
"As a coastal city we know what's at stake," Walsh said at a noon press conference. Walsh said Bostonians will be among the first to be affected by the problems of climate change - rising seas, catastrophic storms and heat waves.
"Boston is and is a worldwide leader in climate action," he added. "We will not let this be undone by foolish political reasons."
His chief environmental officer, Austin Blackmon, said he broke away from a conference call with counterparts at other US cities on what to do about the Paris Agreement, to attend the press conference.