Hawaii Rebuffs Trump by Enacting Laws Supporting Paris Agreement

Protesters hold signs in support of environmental protection outside the White House

Protesters hold signs in support of environmental protection outside the White House

The governor and county mayors and their representatives gathered for the signing of two bills and a mayors' agreement that "support the commitments and goals of the Paris climate accord", a news release from the Ige's office said.

The city is joining dozens of others across the country, including Cleveland, in declaring opposition to President Trump's withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Following Trump's announcement, numerous states and cities across the United States vowed to continue honoring the goals of the Paris Agreement. "That is why Hawaii is united in its political leadership on tackling climate change". He says he was motivated by the signs of climate change he sees daily in Hawaii: "Tides are getting higher, biodiversity is shrinking, coral is bleaching, coastlines are eroding, weather is becoming more extreme".

Trump's decision last week to yank the USA from the global pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions prompted widespread rebuke from foreign heads of state, American lawmakers and environmental groups.

"What the president has done, and what's happening in our country right now, we need to double down on our climate action plan", said the Rev. Steve Hammond of the Peace Community Church.

Dozens of mayors across the USA have also committed themselves to meeting the terms of the agreement.

Ige signed a separate bill Tuesday establishing a Carbon Farming Task Force, aimed at identifying "agricultural and aquacultural practices to improve soil health and promote carbon sequestration". His decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement is a slap in the face to global cooperation and America's leadership on the world stage. 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.

The worldwide agreement, signed by 195 countries, vowed to cut emissions and prevent the global temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius. Failure to comply with the Paris accords won't bring back many miners' jobs, they say.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of North Korea said that Trump's move and his overall "America First" foreign policy "is the height of egoism and moral vacuum seeking only their own well-being even at the cost of the entire planet". Hawaii is the only state that has taken legal action.

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