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Hawaii enacts laws adopting Paris climate deal pledges

09 Juin 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump said last Thursday that he has made a decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, a landmark global pact to fight climate change.

Following President Donald Trump's announcement last week that the USA was pulling out of the Paris climate change agreement, Trudeau initiated phone calls with four of the other G7 leaders.

The group says its members will remain actively involved with the worldwide community as it looks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stop the planet from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (about 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels.

In a speech announcing the withdrawal last week, Trump argued that the Paris accord would kill jobs in the USA and stymie economic growth, saying that he would try to negotiate a new deal. His decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement is a slap in the face to worldwide cooperation and America's leadership on the world stage.

"The rich countries never want to talk about compensation for the damage caused by climate change", he said.

Hawaii county representatives and mayors like Honolulu's Kirk Caldwell also signed a statement declaring their commitment toward the agreement.

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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.

President Donald Trump said the US would abandon the agreement last week after months of suspense.

It's quite a leap for the former secretary of state to make, but it's not the strangest argument Paris deal defenders have used.

Gov. David Ige signed SB 559, which works to expand efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agreement with the global agreement. China and Europe want the U.S.to transition to more expensive energy sources - in no small part because they want to regain the competitiveness they lost due to their own green energy policies. In the near future, if the effects of climate change get more severe, affected countries will be justified in blaming the U.S. for the threat to their lives and livelihoods.

HAF in its reaction said that it's "our duty to advocate for protection of our environment".

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