Hawaii will stick with Paris climate accord, ignore President Trump's exit

Lawrence Kim
June 19, 2017

President Donald Trump announced last week that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, and North Korea is not happy.

NPR reports the bill was signed Tuesday by Gov. David Ige.

The new Hawaii law creates a state commission to explore strategies the state could adopt toward climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Undoing most existing US programs that curb auto pollution and other climate-changing emissions would probably take years and court battles if Trump tries, climate experts say.

Ige also signed a bill Tuesday to form a task force to study how agriculture and aquaculture in Hawaii can help sequester carbon dioxide. And through C40 Cities, the global network of 91 cities, of which I, Mayor Hidalgo, serve as chairwoman, mayors representing 650 million citizens are pledging their determination to deliver on the Paris Agreement. 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".

Trudeau also had dinner Tuesday with Barack Obama following the former US president's speech in Montreal, which echoed numerous multilateral themes in an earlier foreign policy address by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

He said the US will start to negotiate to try and make the deal fair for the American workers, people, companies and taxpayers.

"I care deeply about the greatest trading partners, the greatest friends we've ever had, in Canada", he said. Trump said on Thursday that the landmark 2015 climate agreement threatened millions of jobs and productivity, and that he would start a multi-year process to withdraw from the deal, which has been signed by nearly every other nation on Earth.

"Hawai'i will continue to fulfill its kuleana on reaching our energy, water, land and other sustainability goals to make island Earth a home for all".

The Paris agreement commits Georgia and 194 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures below 2C above pre-industrial levels and endeavour to limit them even more, to 1.5C. Pittsburgh is one of almost 250 cities in the United States, representing 56 million Americans, whose mayors have committed to honor and uphold the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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