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

Trump hardly the first US leader to cut and run
Lehigh commits to upholding Paris climate agreement
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10 June, 2017

The Cabinet expressed its regret at the USA decision to withdraw from the agreement, which President Donald Trump announced last week. With reduced government participation in encouraging environmental responsibility, investors will play a bigger role in pushing for more sustainable practices, Amy Crandall Kaser, a portfolio manager at Walden Asset Management, tells InvestmentNews. A recently published study has concluded that climate change will bring nothing short of ruin to the islands, destroying tourism nearly entirely and killing off the native wildlife.

Since Trump's decision, 257 mayors across the country have made pledges similar to Lempert's and have formed a network called Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA), according to the statement.

On Tuesday, Hawaii became the first USA state to enact law which adopts goals of the Paris Agreement. Already since last week more than 1,200 leaders of cities, states, universities and businesses including Apple, Microsoft and Nike have committed to meeting the goals of the Paris agreement to combat climate change and accelerate the shift to clean and renewable energy.

"We will continue to lead", the statement said.

The Paris Agreement commits countries to holding global temperature rises to "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels, which will require global emissions to be cut to net zero by the second half of the century.

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Trump's refusal to sign made the US one of three countries in the world to reject the agreement.

President Donald Trump just fulfilled one of his campaign promises to his supporters when he withdrew the United States of America from the Paris Climate agreement, which was signed by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, on April 22, 2016, and ratified, accepted and approved by this country September 3, 2016. Science is clear that we have a limited window to reduce emissions before impacts become irreversible. "We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency". We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. "We're not the only ones with filthy air; the five most-developed countries in the EU (Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK) are all in breach of the recommended limits and have been given two months to take action".

Just days after Trump's announcement, California Governor Jerry Brown met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and signed an agreement to work on reducing emissions. Participating cities and states represent 120 million Americans and contribute $6.2 trillion to the USA economy, and include OR and cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Houston as well as smaller cities like Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Dubuque, Iowa.

"I don't think it's a surprise for any of us to be here, when the president of the United States had climate change removed from the White House website", said Mr. Gabbard.


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