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RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Roy Cooper has declared that North Carolina will join other governors, mayors, colleges and universities in continuing efforts to reduce pollution in support of the global Paris Agreement.

In an open letter to the international community, more than 1,000 people signed to agree that “We Are Still In…to provide the leadership necessary to meet our Paris commitment.”

“Pulling out of the Paris Accord is wrong for our country, our children, and the generations to come,” Governor Cooper said in a news release. “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.”

In signing the letter, Cooper pointed to North Carolina’s long tradition of working for a healthier environment and for improved public health.

Bipartisan efforts like the Clean Smokestacks Act and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard made North Carolina a national model on reducing air pollution and a national leader in solar energy. Legal battles fought by then-Attorney General Cooper forced polluters including the Tennessee Valley Authority to clean up their emissions when the federal government would not.

“North Carolina knows that clean air and energy innovation are good for our economy and health, and we’re committed to continuing to lead in this area even if Washington isn’t,” Gov. Cooper said.

The Governors of California, Connecticut, Oregon, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, and Hawaii also signed the letter.

The letter read:

We, the undersigned mayors, governors, college and university leaders, businesses, and investors are joining forces for the first time to declare that we will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement.

In December 2015 in Paris, world leaders signed the first global commitment to fight climate change. The landmark agreement succeeded where past attempts failed because it allowed each country to set its own emission reduction targets and adopt its own strategies for reaching them. In addition, nations – inspired by the actions of local and regional governments, along with businesses – came to recognize that fighting climate change brings significant economic and public health benefits.

The Trump administration’s announcement undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change and damages the world’s ability to avoid the most dangerous and costly effects of climate change. Importantly, it is also out of step with what is happening in the United States.

In the U.S., it is local and state governments, along with businesses, that are primarily responsible for the dramatic decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in recent years. Actions by each group will multiply and accelerate in the years ahead, no matter what policies Washington may adopt.

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.

It is imperative that the world know that in the U.S., the actors that will provide the leadership necessary to meet our Paris commitment are found in city halls, state capitals, colleges and universities, investors and businesses. 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.




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  • guest45

    If Cooper would just keep his mouth shut it would go a long way toward saving the atmosphere, and go a long way toward slowing global warming, just a bunch of hot air, chest thumping, and look at me mommy stuff.

    This country is doing a very good protecting our environment, we don’t need to follow China and Paris’s lead, all they want from the USA is send me the MONEY! which seems to be be the Lib’s theme song too.

  • 58thStreetSurfer

    By pulling out of the Paris Accord, does that mean we are going to start creating more pollution? :-)

    • Heimie Schmelter

      Of course it doesn’t. But that’s what these left winged nut-bucket want you to think! The Paris accord does very little to nothing to reduce carbon based pollution. It was a scam for them to reach into America’s pockets and pull out billions of dollars! China and India weren’t even going to start implementing ANYTHING for the next TEN YEARS and they are the hallmark of pollution! They still dump raw sewage into their drinking water and have no idea what a simple “scrubber” does for smokestack emissions (they don’t care either!). Even Iran is in the “Paris Accord”, that in itself tells you it’s a BAD DEAL!!!

  • MAB

    Trumps also into clean air you flaming snowflake liberal. He’s just not into Obozos redistribution of wealth and jobs from this country to China and India and Europe. Now shut up and go find a little girls bathroom you pervert!

  • Heimie Schmelter

    Ray, you’re a blithering idiot! Nobody ever said we weren’t going to stop reducing pollution, we’re just not going to pay billions to other countries so they will START reducing! If there was ever “a lack of forward thinking” it comes from YOUR leadership or lack thereof. You’ve accomplished NOTHING but a lot of cheap chin-music and I don’t expect that you ever will!

  • Richard Bunce

    Politics… he will not actually do anything but generate a lot of paper… no actual CO2 will be removed from the atmosphere.

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