NC joins movement to support Paris climate deal

Posted June 6

— North Carolina has become the ninth state to protest President Donald Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the landmark Paris climate accord.

"Pulling out of the Paris Accord is wrong for our country, our children and the generations to come," Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement. "North Carolina’s commitment to clean air and a healthy environment will remain a priority despite the lack of forward-thinking leadership from the current Administration."

Hundreds of U.S. cities, including Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and scores of businesses and universities have signed on to the "We Are Still In" letter in the past week, pledging to continue their efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

"In the absence of leadership from Washington, states, cities, colleges and universities, businesses and investors representing a sizeable percentage of the U.S. economy will pursue ambitious climate goals, working together to take forceful action and to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions," the letter states. "Together, we will remain actively engaged with the international community as part of the global effort to hold warming to well below 2°C and to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy that will benefit our security, prosperity and health."

In signing the letter, Cooper cited North Carolina’s tradition of working for a healthier environment and improved public health, such as implementing the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard a decade ago and working to reduce air pollution through the Clean Smokestacks Act.

California, Connecticut, Hawaii, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington are the other states that have joined the initiative.


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  • Kenneth Jones Jun 6, 7:54 p.m.
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    President Trump is a big proponent of state's rights, so this is how it should be.

  • John Lobenstein Jun 6, 7:23 p.m.
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    Trump's "forcing" local cities and states to address supposed climate changing activities is actually a step in the right direction. Local authorities addressing local issue is more logical and more effective than a grandiose cookie-cutter one size fits all draconian edict from Washington D.C. and its Ivy League elitists.

  • Mike Kallam Jun 6, 5:07 p.m.
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    So the US pays billions of dollars while China and India do nothing to cut their greenhouse emissions. The whole Paris deal was built to bleed more money from the US.

  • Chris Lyon Jun 6, 5:02 p.m.
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    So WRAL, maybe you ought to correct the title to something less misleading. Like "NC GOVERNOR joins movement...."

  • Robert Swiger Sr. Jun 6, 4:06 p.m.
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    Naturally he is a liberal

  • Jeff Freuler Jun 6, 3:44 p.m.
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    This governor doesn't speak for me. He may protest but not I

  • Ronald Woodard Jun 6, 3:01 p.m.
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    USA is not backing away from a clean environment, just a flawed international UNFCC agreement that requires nothing of China (largest polluter on Earth) and India and puts the US at a disadvantage. The Paris agreement was so bad and ill-conceived then-President Obama did not dare ask the US Senate to approve it because he would not even get a majority of Democrat Senators to favor the agreement. Governor Cooper is either naive or playing politics with his support of the Paris agreement of the UNFCC.

  • Teddy Fowler Jun 6, 2:13 p.m.
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    Big waste of time!!