The Freedom Tower in New York was lit green last night in a mocking gesture towards President Donald Trump.
The Governor of New York announced the green was to signify a commemoration for the Paris Accord, the international climate agreement from which Trump recently withdrew the United States.
Per Independent Journal Review:
The iconic spire of the Freedom Tower in New York City was illuminated green last night as a rebuttal to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out to of the controversial Paris Agreement.
The decision was made by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in response to Trump’s announcement, which reverses the course set by President Barack Obama and 194 other foreign countries in 2015.
Trump has long-campaigned against the climate agreement, saying is hurts jobs in America:
The decision makes good on a campaign promise by then-candidate Trump to withdraw from the agreement, which the president says is bad for American manufacturing and workers.Trump said he will work to negotiate a better deal.
The Governor was clear in his explanation that he disagreed with Trump’s decision and specifically noted his intention of lighting the Freedom Tower green was “to show support for the Paris Accord”:
In a press release, the Governor of New York had this to say about the decision:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed One World Trade Center and the Kosciuszko Bridge to be lit green in support of the Paris Accord. Earlier today, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order to commit New York to upload the standards set forth in the Paris Accord and announced a U.S. Climate Alliance, along with California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and Washington State Governor Jay R. Inslee, to convene U.S. states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking aggressive action on climate change.
“The White House’s reckless decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord has devastating repercussions not only for the United States, but for our planet. This administration is abdicating its leadership and taking a backseat to other countries in the global fight against climate change,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York State is committed to meeting the standards set forth in the Paris Accord regardless of Washington’s irresponsible actions. We will not ignore the science and reality of climate change, and I am directing One World Trade Center and the Kosciuszko Bridge to be lit green to show our support for the Paris Accord and demonstrate New York’s leadership role in protecting our citizens, our environment, and our planet.”
Some disagree with the Governor’s decision to use the Freedom Tower for political messaging:
“This tower should not be used for political purposes,” first responder Alex Plitsas told Independent Journal Review. Plitsas worked as a junior fireman, digging through rubble for survivors in the days after the attacks.
Plitsas, who also enlisted in the Army shortly after 9/11 and did two tours in Iraq, made his case clearly:
That’s the people’s tower. A remembrance of 9/11. It shouldn’t be used for political purposes. Especially to undermine a decision made by our sitting president, whether you agree with it or not. Totally inappropriate and disrespectful.