Ketchum commits to Paris Agreement despite U.S. pullout

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KETCHUM, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Despite the nation pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, the City of Ketchum remains committed.

The city decided this a few weeks back.

They say climate change is hurting their local economy by increasing fires and floods and decreasing snowfall, all of which negatively impact their tourism.

Speakers in town on Thursday for an energy forum say they are happy to be in a town that is taking these steps.

“Leadership starts with small steps, and it’s fantastic to be in a place that has made that commitment, but we’ve got to build on it,” said Robert Charles Swan, an explorer who has seen climate change’s impacts on polar ice caps up close.

Ketchum and Boise are currently the only two cities in Idaho that have independently committed to the Accord.

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