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Will New Hampshire lead on the climate crisis?

At a time of global instability, American leadership is desperately needed. By withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, however, President Trump has abdicated our leadership role.

The economic loss to our nation and to New Hampshire is tremendous. The human impact of extreme weather, drought, and disease is real. We're already paying the price for climate change, and it's only getting worse.

Our children and grandchildren will pay the price for the choices we make today. Now is the time for our elected officials to exhibit courage, vision, and competence.

But unlike many of the nation's governors, Governor Sununu has not pushed back on President Trump's decision. Both President Trump and Governor Sununu are wrong.

If I were Governor today, I would immediately seek New Hampshire's participation in the newly-formed U.S. Climate Alliance -- a coalition that will convene U.S. states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking aggressive action on climate change.

When I was Mayor of Portsmouth, we led the way as the first community in New Hampshire to sign onto both the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. We constructed the first LEED-certified public building in New Hampshire, the Portsmouth Public Library.

I've been a passionate progressive on environmental protection and energy policy all my life. We can lower energy costs for consumers, reduce demand for energy, create new energy jobs, and protect our natural beauty if we lead on energy and the environment.

President Trump is taking us in the wrong direction, and Governor Sununu is failing to lead. As Governor, I will.


Posted on June 2, 2017.