Hawaii Signs Legislation To Implement Goals Of Paris Climate Accord Anyway

Phillip Butler
June 23, 2017

"Three states and over 100 cities have committed to uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement".

Gov. Ige signed SB 559 (Act 032) which "expands strategies and mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide in alignment with the principles and goals adopted in the Paris agreement".

The university supported the researchers' contention, in a statement released on Friday: "The relevant MIT researchers believe that the Paris Agreement is an unprecedented and vital effort by almost 200 countries to respond to the urgent threat of global climate change". Climate change threatens our health with dirtier air, more extreme weather and spreading disease.

California, while imposing much tougher environmental regulations than those enforced by the USA federal government, has been striving to nurture environment-related businesses in the state.

"I'm appalled that the President used my city to justify his unacceptable decision, as most other Pittsburghers are", Peduto said in a prepared statement.

Hawaii on Tuesday became the first state to enact legislation implementing the 2015 Paris climate accord.

In his announcement made in a speech at the White House, Trump expressed his hope to renegotiate the Paris Agreement in a way that serves America's interests.

And though Hawaii is the first to take legal action, states and counties across the country have vowed to contribute their share toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fighting climate change through a coalition called We Are Still In.

"If new presidents do not honor the commitments of previous presidents when a super-majority of Americans support those commitments, then it makes it more hard for other countries to trust them in new negotiations", Kelly Sims Gallagher, professor of energy and environmental policy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, told Xinhua.

Comey will also testify that it was "very concerning" when President Donald Trump asked him to back off an investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. For some, he said, instead of being seen as "the most reliable guarantor of the world order", the U.S.is considered "a threat to our planet's equilibrium".

"Our island communities lead the way when it comes to climate change impacts and policies", Ige told reporters.

Hawaii county representatives and mayors like Honolulu's Kirk Caldwell also signed a statement declaring their commitment toward the agreement. Trump said he will "renegotiate".

But a lack of government support for clean energy will cost the U.S.jobs, Sandalow added, with cuts to research programs that Trump has proposed being a sign of what's to come.

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