Hawaii Becomes First US State To Adopt Goals in Paris Climate Accord

Marco Garcia  AP Images

Marco Garcia AP Images

Hawaii has become the first US state to enact legislation to bring its environmental standards in line with the Paris climate accord, officials said on Wednesday, less than a week after President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the global agreement.

"Pulling out of the Paris Accord is wrong for our country, our children, and the generations to come", Cooper said. Seven in ten reportedly support staying in the Paris agreement, while a Reuters/Ipsos poll released this week showed that 68% of Americans believe the U.S. should take "aggressive action" to fight climate change. Trump argued that the Paris agreement favors emerging economies such as China's and India's at the expense of USA workers.

We strongly encourage the President to reconsider this decision, and to restore the U.S.'s full participation in this essential worldwide agreement. And, we, together with practically all the countries in the world signed an agreement.

British billionaire Richard Branson on Thursday called President Donald Trump very "naive" to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, saying he failed to recognize that clean energy is cheaper than coal and oil and is going to create "massively more jobs". By declaring that "we are still in", the signatories are putting the best interests of their constituents, customers, students and communities first while assuring the rest of the world that American leadership on climate change extends well beyond the federal government. "But, we are happy that India has declared its commitment to the Paris agreement", he said.

The Paris agreement on climate change has set out a global action plan to combat the unsafe effects of climate change.

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.

The Paris agreement commits the USA and other countries to keep rising global temperatures "well below" 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and "endeavour to limit" them to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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