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Nevada Groups Declare "We're Still In" Paris Climate Accords

Protesters in Reno called on Gov. Brian Sandoval to sign the "Still In" pledge to fight climate change.(One Source Network)
Protesters in Reno called on Gov. Brian Sandoval to sign the "Still In" pledge to fight climate change.(One Source Network)
November 15, 2017

RENO, Nev. -- Rallies in Reno and Las Vegas on Tuesday declared that Nevadans are "still in" the Paris Climate Accord, despite President Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the agreement.

While world leaders meet in Bonn, Germany, at the annual U.N. Conference on Climate Change, communities around the U.S. are reaffirming their commitment to fight global warming. Emily Woodall, regional field director for the Nevada Conservation League, spoke at the Reno event about the Silver State's potential to expand green energy.

"There would be a lot of job growth that we would see in Nevada,” Woodall said. “And then it would help lower our exposure to pollutants as a result of increased climate change."

Woodall also noted that Nevada is again seeing damaging wildfires, which are exacerbated by higher average temperatures.

Reno is the only city in Nevada so far to sign the "still in" pledge. Governors from 14 states have pledged to reduce carbon emissions enough to meet the accord's goal of keeping the increase in global temperature under 2 degrees Celsius. Gov. Brian Sandoval has not signed that pledge.

Woodall also called on Sen. Dean Heller to oppose the President's spending plan because it slashes environmental protections.

"He is going to be voting on the budget and there's a lot of cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency within that proposal,” she said. "That would be the main agency that would help regulate major polluters. "

The Trump administration sent a small delegation to the conference in Germany, but a private group of state and business leaders, called the U.S. Climate Alliance, sponsored the largest pavilion at the event.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV