Governor David Ige, along with various county mayors, met for the signing of two laws yesterday that aim to reduce the state's carbon footprint and improve environmental conditions.
Fortunately for anyone who cares about the environmental health of the planet and actually takes climate change seriously ― rather than, say, believing it's a Chinese hoax, or that the other Paris signatories were only happy with the deal because it screwed over the USA ― the long, slow withdrawal process means this could still be a viable issue in a 2020 presidential campaign.
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The Paris agreement was reached in 2015, and it was a signature diplomatic achievement for Trump's predecessor, President Barack Obama.
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Poor countries like North Korea are more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, which can cause a decline in availability of food and water, as well as increase the odds of extreme weather events, according to La Trobe University lecturer Benjamin Habib.
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.
"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.
North Korea signed the historic accord, and in withdrawing, the USA joins only two other countries who stand outside it - Nicaragua, which refused because it believed the agreement did not go far enough, and the only country that may be more isolated diplomatically than North Korea: Syria.
The governor remains eager that other states will shortly follow suit.
Trump's announcement also prompted more than 1,200 business leaders, mayors and college presidents to stress that they planned to continue working towards the goals set in Paris.
Since then, 10 new states have signed on in defiance of their president including Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and Vermont.
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