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Mayor Mitch Landrieu gives a speech at Gallier Hall about his reasons for removing Confederate monuments around the city in New Orleans, La. Friday, May 19, 2017. 

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu condemned President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Accord Thursday, citing dangers New Orleans and other coastal communities face from it if left unchecked.

The statement was sent out from Mayor Landrieu's office, as well as tweeted from his personal Twitter account.

"The Paris Agreement remains the world's greatest weapon to combat this existential threat," Landrieu said. "Although the Trump administration questions the facts of climate change, we must not waver." 

Landrieu lists climate change as one of New Orleans' "most urgent threats," along with more extreme heat and potential sea level rising in his statement. He re-affirmed his comment to the Global Covenant of Mayors on Climate and Energy he signed in December 2015 along with 464 mayors from more than 115 countries, also.

"Time is of the essence in combatting this critical existential threat, and our coastal city is on the front line," he said. "We must take action to slow climate change in coordination with cities around our nation and the world."  

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