ICYMI: North Carolina To Join U.S. Climate Alliance

CHARLOTTE, NC — In a move set to counter President Trump’s controversial withdrawal from the Paris Accord earlier this summer, North Carolina will join 14 other states in the bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance, Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday.

In June, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, fulfilling a promise he had campaigned on. Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement, which is designed to limit global carbon emissions through voluntary commitments, was met by criticism from local and state leaders, many of whom are taking it upon themselves to keep the obligations under the agreement.

“In the absence of leadership from Washington, North Carolina is proud to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, and we remain committed to reducing pollution and protecting our environment,” Cooper said in a statement Sept. 20.

“So much of North Carolina’s economy relies on protecting our treasured natural resources, and I’m committed to maintaining the quality of their air we breathe for generations to come.”

The current state members of the U.S. Climate Alliance include:

California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Hawaii Massachusetts Minnesota New York North Carolina Oregon Puerto Rico Rhode Island Vermont Virginia Washington

The alliance says it’s committed to achieving the U.S. goal of reducing emissions 26-28 percent from 2005 levels and meeting or exceeding the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan.

With input from all participants, the U.S. Climate Alliance will also act as a forum to sustain and strengthen existing climate programs, promote the sharing of information and best practices, and implement new programs to reduce carbon emissions from all sectors of the economy, according to a news release.

Patch Editor William Bornhoft contributed to this article.

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