Gov. Sununu Says He 'Stands By' Trump's Decision To Withdraw From Paris Accord

Jun 2, 2017

Governor Chris Sununu, who trained as an environmental engineer, says he hasn't thought much about President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord
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Governor Chris Sununu says he much hasn't thought about President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says the President's decision on Paris is "disappointing;" Vermont Governor Phil Scott calls it "concerning." Both are Republicans, and both say they plan to work across state lines to reduce carbon emissions.

Governor Sununu, meanwhile, says he's not completely sure what he thinks.

"I don't have a real reaction right now to be honest it's nothing I've really thought about. It’s a federal issue at this point. It's nothing, I'm focused on the 603 and what we do here."

Sununu say he believes withdrawing from Paris could be significant but said evaluating the possible effects of the move would take more work than he's done.

"You know it’s not my job to go through the whole accord and look at the in-depth impacts across the country, economically. The president has done that, his team has done that, and they've made the decision they feel is in the best interest of the United States and I stand by that."

The Governor added that New Hampshire does "pretty darn good" when it comes to environmental stewardship.