Hawaii Becomes First State to Pass Legislation Supporting Paris Agreement

Senate Bill 559 expands the state's strategies and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Ige also signed a bill Tuesday to reduce carbon emissions in the agriculture sector.

The US decision to withdraw from the groundbreaking Paris Agreement on climate change has been unnerving to many, including a large number of Indian American organizations. "President Trump may have pulled out of the Paris climate agreement, but Hawaiʻi is on the frontlines of climate impacts and we remain committed to action".

The refusal of the current administration and of the Republican Party in general to take any meaningful action on climate change is no doubt a blow to the future of the nation.

"Lest there be any doubt, the Paris Climate Accord intentionally hurt America to the benefit of competitor nations".

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupsi, who joined former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "We Are Still In" campaign, along with mayors of Houston, Atlanta and hundreds of other local leaders, cited the economics for her state: Utah has a $1 billion skiing industry threatened by climate change and marked 65 percent growth previous year alone in solar power, as one of the country's sunniest states.

While Pennsylvania hasn't so far, the state's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn released a statement last week against Trump's decision to leave the Paris accord.

Whilst scuffling around the Internet reading up on this, I made an effort to understand the position of the Stateside-heavy squabble of Climate Deniers who, subsequently, are supporters of Trump's decision to take the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord.

One fear is that, as many developing countries joined the Paris accord in exchange for global funding support, America's about-face on policy may prompt them to cease their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Former FBI Director James Comey will say in public testimony Thursday that President Trump asked him to "lift the cloud" over him and the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 USA election, and asked for his loyalty.

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".

Along with setting climate change as a priority for the state, the bill creates a state commission dedicated to studying climate change and putting out detailed plans for responding both to sea-level rise and climate change as a whole, with the stipulation that the plans align with the Paris agreement.

  • Zachary Reyes