Portsmouth City Council Pulls Support For Climate Conference

Aug 29, 2018

Portsmouth Harbor.
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The Portsmouth City Council has withdrawn its support of a conference on climate policy. 

The conference, titled "Climate Policy Choices: Payoffs and Trade-offs" once had the backing of the Portsmouth City Council.

But several residents raised concerns about the conference speakers, some of whom challenge policies that prioritize climate mitigation efforts, saying they're a big cost to the economy.

Josh Denton is a Portsmouth City Councilor. He says that viewpoint is contrary to the city's own recent efforts to confront sea level rise and climate change.

"I don't think the city should be putting taxpayer money towards giving credibility to several of the speakers and the information they're going to put out there," he said.  

Denton says he's fine with the conference happening. He just doesn't want the city associated with it.