While Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Gov. John Hickenlooper promised to look after the planet's health despite President Donald Trump's announcement that he will pull the nation out of the Paris Accord on climate change, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers lashed out at 61 mayors who opposed Trump's action.
"All these mayors that want to jump into the national issues in many cases are politicians looking for another job, and at this stage in my life I am not," Suthers told the Gazette. His spokesperson didn't respond to questions about his stance on climate change before the Indy's press deadline. Nor did we hear back from Colorado Springs Utilities chair Tom Strand.
Meantime, Hickenlooper said in a release, "Abandoning this climate deal is like ripping off your parachute when you should be pulling the ripcord." He also said that to not pursue cleaner energy is akin to "governmental malpractice."
Hancock said in a statement that Denver "will not back down" from its commitment to address climate change, despite Trump's move.
The Action Network is collecting petition signatures online in an effort to persuade Suthers to join other state and local leaders in opposing Trump's move.