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Cooper Testifies on Climate Change

Gov. Roy Cooper and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker testify Wednesday before a congressional committee looking into the effects of climate change. Photo: C-SPAN

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gov. Roy Cooper joined Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker this week in a bipartisan appearance before a congressional committee looking into the effects of climate change and possible responses.

Cooper spent more than an hour on Wednesday with the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, telling its members repeatedly that the time to act on climate change is now.

Cooper said it’s clear that climate change is making weather more erratic and storms like Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence more powerful. He said governments must do more than just help “pick up the pieces.”

“We must take action to prevent this kind of devastation in the future. I urge this Congress and all our federal partners to match the same level of determination brought to disaster recovery in our fight to reduce the effects of climate change,” Cooper said in his opening remarks.

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Kirk Ross

Kirk Ross is a longtime North Carolina journalist based in the Triangle. In addition to Coastal Review Online, he covers the legislature and state government for Carolina Public Press and The Washington Post. He can be reached at kirkrossreport@gmail.com.