Hawaii enacts law to align goals with Paris climate accord

Hawaii enacts laws adopting Paris climate deal pledges

Existing climate efforts expected to keep US goals on track

Following President Donald Trump's announcement last week that the USA was pulling out of the Paris climate change agreement, Trudeau initiated phone calls with four of the other G7 leaders.

Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a bill on Tuesday requiring state officials to plan a response to climate change that aligns the state with the standards and goals of the Paris pact, according to Scott Glenn, an environmental adviser to the governor.

North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson joined a chorus of global leaders in expressing concern over Trump's decision to pull the USA from the climate-change agreement, calling it "short-sighted and silly".

He said he would do that and added, "Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know".

In his speech announcing his decision on the Paris agreement, Trump remarked that he was elected to represent the people of Pittsburgh, not Paris.

"Reducing greenhouse emissions in Hawaii is now the law - the state law", reports Hawaii Public Radio's Bill Dorman.

Last week, several state governors and dozens of mayors across the US pledged to uphold the guidelines set forth in the Paris Accord following President Donald Trump's announcement that he was removing the USA from the agreement.

The landmark accord signed by 195 countries intends to cut emissions and keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. "Climate change is real, regardless of what others say".

"We also need to be first when it comes to creating solutions". Only two nations didn't sign the agreement: Nicaragua, who argued that the agreement didn't go far enough, and Syria, which was in the midst of a devastating civil war. Failure to comply with the Paris accords won't bring back many miners' jobs, they say.

"When we get the LNG ports built in the United States, 20 of which Mr. Obama was holding up the permits for, we'll be able to get that [natural] gas out of the country, improve the balance of our payments, and that will take the pressure off the United States coal industry". "The Hawaii State Legislature understands the importance of taking action, and I applaud its work this session to ensure that we continue to deliver the island Earth that we want to leave to our children".

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