Durham Weighs Following Paris Climate Agreement at the Municipal Level

Jun 5, 2017

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, officials in the town of Durham are looking for ways to stay involved locally.

Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig says ever since the president’s announcement, local residents have been vocal in calling for action on climate change.

“There are a lot of ways we can go about it," says Selig, "but I think people are giving some thought to if the federal government is not going to take action, what can we do at the local level to drive things from the bottom up?”

Tuesday night, Durham town officials will talk about the feasibility of scaling down the targets of the Paris agreement to a municipal level.

Several states and major cities around the U.S. have already pledged to act in accordance with the agreement, without federal guidance.

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu has declined to weigh in, but says he quote ‘stands by’ the president’s decision.