Hawaii enacts law to align goals with Paris climate accord

"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". Then let's fight back three times a day by adopting an eco-friendly, plant-based diet.

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

Carbon dioxide is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by fossil fuels combustion to operate farm machinery, trucks, factory farms and slaughterhouses.

In a speech that sounded much like Trump's campaign speeches sounding the theme of "America First", the president set up an "us vs. them" narrative, complaining of "harsh economic restrictions", and repeatedly portraying the Paris agreement as unfair to America, for decades one of the leading polluters on the Earth.

Hawaii on Tuesday became the first state in the country with laws that implement portions of the Paris climate deal.

If nothing else, it conveyed the message the United States was committed to its rhetoric in being a global leader in climate change mitigation.

"I just kind of feel helpless about it", Dana Anderson, 54, of Mesa, Arizona, said about climate change.

The poll was conducted after Trump announced on Thursday that the United States would abandon the landmark agreement with 195 countries to slash carbon emissions and curb global warming.

Gov. David Ige signed two laws that aim to reduce greenhouse emissions and mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration, a process to store atmospheric carbon monoxide.

In a statement published on state news agency website KCNA Tuesday, a spokesman for the foreign ministry said by exiting the Paris deal America showed "the height of egoism and moral vacuum seeking only their own well-being, even at the cost of the entire planet".

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 a year ago alone in solar power, as one of the country's sunniest states.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the United States.

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