Hawaii enacts law committing to goals of Paris climate accord
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 4:55
Vowing to keep the United States on track to meet its emissions-cutting target even without the usa government's support, more than a dozen governors representing almost 40 percent of the us economy by Tuesday, June 6, 2017, had pledged themselves to stay in the climate-change fight despite the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris climate accords last week.
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. President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate pact is "an insane move", he told reporters last week on the eve of his trip to Chengdu, Nanjing and Beijing.
Trump has faced intense criticism since deciding to pull the U.S. out of the Paris agreement, joining only two other countries who aren't signatories - Syria and Nicaragua.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the move was "extremely regrettable", while French President Emmanuel Macron urged people to "make our planet great again".
Anderson, who has multiple sclerosis, said that whatever Trump says about healthcare will matter to her much more than his thoughts on global temperatures. "We are both members of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, which represents more than 7,400 cities around the world committed to local climate action". Throughout his recent travels European leaders, including the Pope tried to persuade Mr. Trump to stay in the pact.
The decision could be perceived as "the birth certificate of the multipolar world" in which the United States is no longer "the most reliable guarantor of the world order", he added.
The decision drew anger and condemnation from world leaders and business chiefs, many of them anxious a USA exit would put the planet at risk and leave the United States behind in a global shift away from fossil fuels. "And they won't be", he said.
Tusk characterized Trump's decision as "a big mistake..."