Hawaii Signs Legislation To Implement Goals Of Paris Climate Accord Anyway

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Joining other governors and state and local leaders from the mainland, Governor David Ige signed legislation on Tuesday that will implement the steps outlined in the Paris Agreement in Hawaii. The bill, known as SB 559, seeks to broaden the state's methods to decrease carbon emissions and air pollution; the act states that these strategies "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".

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

"As an institution of higher learning, it is essential that we publicly affirm the scientific evidence of the human contributions to climate change", said President Schall on the decision to opt in. Another bill establishes a "Carbon Farming Task Force", which will evaluate agriculture and aquaculture practices for improved soil health and carbon sequestration. While only Hawaii has passed a law to abide by the Paris climate agreement, more than a dozen states have joined the US Climate Alliance, which aims to uphold the tenets of the agreement at the state level. In total, the statement says the businesses and investors who have chose to continue to participate in the Paris Climate Accord account for a total annual revenue of $1.4 trillion and include over 20 Fortune 500 companies, such as Apple, eBay, Gap Inc., Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Nike, in addition to hundreds of small businesses. As The Two-Way reported, he stated that the agreement gives other countries "an economic edge over the United States".

"President Donald Trump was absolutely prudent and courageous to withdraw from the Paris climate accord", Murray said.

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The university supported the researchers' contention, in a statement released on Friday: "The relevant MIT researchers believe that the Paris Agreement is an unprecedented and vital effort by almost 200 countries to respond to the urgent threat of global climate change".

While announcing his controversial decision, Trump said he was motivated by a campaign pledge to put American workers first.

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