RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper has become the ninth U.S. governor to join in support of the global Paris Agreement that aims to reduce pollution.
According to a news release from the Governor's Office, Cooper signed an open letter Tuesday to the international community pledging to help. More than 1,000 signatories including governors, mayors, colleges and universities, and businesses have signed the letter.
President Donald Trump announced Thursday his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, a landmark global agreement to lower greenhouse gas emissions and minimize the harm from climate change.
“Pulling out of the Paris Accord is wrong for our country, our children, and the generations to come,” Governor Cooper stated in the 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.”
The governors of California, Connecticut, Oregon, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, and Hawaii also signed the letter.
On Friday, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan joined nearly 100 other mayors from across the U.S. as part of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda.