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Triangle cities join revolt against US withdrawal from climate pact

Posted June 2
Updated June 3

— Several Triangle mayors have joined their counterparts from across the U.S. who are voicing opposition to President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the landmark Paris climate agreement.

So far, about 170 mayors have signed a statement that vows to "adopt, honor and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement." The statement says the mayors will increase investments in renewable energy, create more demand for electric vehicles and work toward cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

"It just makes good sense," said Durham Mayor Bill Bell, an electrical engineer by trade. "We're talking about the quality of life not just for this generation, but for generations to come, and anything we can do to reduce the carbon footprint, we're about the business of doing that."

Durham is already taking major steps to reduce its own carbon footprint, he said, such as installing electric vehicle charging stations across the city and converting methane from one of its landfills into electricity.

Being part of the Paris agreement gives Durham a chance share ideas with other cities nationwide and across the globe, he said.

Mayors in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro and Winston-Salem also signed the statement from the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda.

Although not surprised by Trump's move – the then-candidate frequently promised withdrawing from the international accord while on the campaign trail last year – Bell said it creates concerns for the future.

"It just, in my opinion, presents America in a poor light on an international scene in terms of being a leader," he said. "We are supposed to be a country of innovation, forwardness, bright ideas. But this seems to be taking us in the wrong direction."


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  • Scott Wilson Jun 26, 6:58 p.m.
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    How stupid do you have to be to believe this pact was anything but a redistribution of wealth. It did nothing for "Climate Change"

  • Jeffrey Derry Jun 3, 9:26 p.m.
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    you all might want to focus a little bit more on ISIS terrorists....think that this is a little more pressing than #climatewhatever

  • Robert Swiger Sr. Jun 3, 5:37 p.m.
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    All liberal Mayors.

  • Henry Cooper Jun 3, 5:07 p.m.
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    Again we need to sit back and watch.

    All of the sudden private money for this is popping up. Michael Bloomberg is coughing up 15 million to cover operating cost.

    We may look back at this in 20 years and call this genius. We get the financial burden off the tax payer and guilt the wealthy that are talking down about all this, kinda making them put their money where their mouth was.


    Again, I am not a Trump supporter or basher but I am smart enough to wait longer than 6 months to declare this presidency a bust.

    Form your own opinion don't just carry someone else's.

  • John Lobenstein Jun 3, 4:53 p.m.
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    If you review history you should note that the "isolationism" you referenced existed in a much "less connected world". We did not have, in effect, instant communications of dozens upon dozens of television channels from multiple nations and enclaves. We did not have the Internet.

    History also "tells" us that non isolationist efforts such as the League of Nation or the United Nations will not benefit all, if any, nations. Only a hand full of elitist busy bodies/international nannies have benefited.

  • Dolly Butler Jun 3, 2:55 p.m.
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    Eric Davis, brush up your History. Isolationism didn't work when the United States tried it. And, I think that most people know and understand the non-binding part of Paris ...wonder if you are thinking that since the Accord is not binding that it does not warrant America being a part of the cooperation and friends with world nations....? Selfishness as a human quality is not one to strive for.

  • Eric Davis Jun 3, 2:44 p.m.
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    Hopefully pulling out of the UN will be next. Another waste of tax payer dollars without representation. And by the way this Paris deal is non-binding. For those that dont understand what non-binding means, Merriam Webster refers to it as:having no legal or binding force.

  • John Lobenstein Jun 3, 2:41 p.m.
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    I did not know Honda had a plant in Paris or that they build Accords there.

    I wonder if these progressive cities will emjoy the same explosive economic growth as New York, California, Oregon, and Washington with their environmental schemes. It seems these states can not handle the 1,000's of companies or 1,000,000's of people suddenly wanting to relocate to these utopias.

  • Jeffrey Derry Jun 3, 2:09 p.m.
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    Who are the authors of this article? Bill bell give him the bully pulpit to bash #potus no surprise here

  • Jeffrey Derry Jun 3, 2:07 p.m.
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    Revolt? Please choice of words from our leftist media