Lebanon is Latest N.H. City to Sign on to Paris Climate Goals

Aug 3, 2017

Lebanon city hall

The city of Lebanon has joined the growing list of New Hampshire communities signing on to the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.  

The Lebanon City Council vote was unanimous Wednesday night. Councilors acknowledge that the move doesn't mean any practical changes for the city -- they already have policies on the books to significantly reduce their greenhouse gas footprint. 

But City Councilor Karen Liot Hill said it's important for cities like Lebanon to take a public stand.

“We are making good decisions around climate change here and energy," she said. "No one can stop us – not even the federal government.”

Keene, Portsmouth and Nashua have also moved to sign on to the Paris climate goals, which call for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.  Governor Chris Sununu has declined to take a similar stance at the state level, saying New Hampshire already has sufficient statewide climate policies. President Trump vowed to pull the U.S. out of the accord earlier this year.