dglobalnews.com Hawaii becomes first state to enact law that aligns with Paris agreement
Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Hawaii becomes first state to enact law that aligns with Paris agreement

Although Hawaii already has strong environmental rules, the new law is the first to directly refer to the standards of the Paris agreement, said Glen Andersen, who tracks energy and climate issues at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

"Such strategies and mechanisms shall utilize the best available science, technologies and policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and shall be closely aligned with the climate change principles and goals adopted in the Paris Agreement and Hawaii's share of obligations within the expectations apportioned to the United States in the Paris Agreement, regardless of federal action", the bill states. According to the statement, those who have opted in and signed the pledge to continue involvement in the Paris Agreement, "all understand the agreement is a blueprint for job creation, stability and global prosperity and that accelerating the United States' clean energy transition is an opportunity - not a liability - to create jobs, spur innovation, promote trade and ensure American competitiveness".

"The selfish act of the US does not only have grave consequences for the worldwide efforts to protect the environment, but poses great danger to other areas as well". "Tides are getting higher, biodiversity is shrinking, coral is bleaching, coastlines are eroding, weather is becoming more extreme". Another bill establishes a "Carbon Farming Task Force", which will evaluate agriculture and aquaculture practices for improved soil health and carbon sequestration.

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. And although Trump has said he would "be honored" to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump has also sent out some critical tweets about North Korea's recent ballistic missile tests.

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The governors of Washington, California and NY on the same day announced the creation of a "climate alliance" of states that would remain committed to the Paris goals. 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. Nicaragua and Syria are the only two countries that have not signed it, and the United States is the only country to have withdrawn from the pact.

The coalition, called "We are still in", consists of over 1200 companies, educational institutions, mayors, governors, states, and investors.

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