As Trump's America looks inward, Trudeau seeks to chart a course forward

Hawaii's governor has signed a bill that adopts goals of the Paris climate agreement, despite President Trump's announcement last week that the pulling out of the global accord.

Chademana said that if history is anything to go by, the the biggest greenhouse gas emitter and source of nearly a third of the global carbon emissions.

Since then, 10 new states have signed on in defiance of their president including Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and Vermont. That of course does not include the United Kingdom and Scotland who recklessly passed legally-binding Climate Change Acts in 2008.

North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson joined a chorus of global leaders in expressing concern over Trump's decision to pull the USA from the climate-change agreement, calling it "short-sighted and silly".

Trump announced he would make good on his campaign pledge to withdraw from the Paris Agreement June 1, saying that it was poorly negotiated and favored other countries over American workers.

"Hawai'i is committed to environmental stewardship, and we look forward to working with other states to fight global climate change".

Similar re-commitment has been made by the world's leading carbon emitters, European Union, China, and India, all of who have indicated willingness to increase their global leadership on climate change and clean energy.

Trump's announcement that the United States would withdraw from the global accord drew ridicule from foreign leaders around the world and made the U.S. one of only three countries not signed up to the accord, the others being Nicaragua and Syria.

That idea, however, was quickly shot down by European leaders, who said the Paris accord would move forward regardless of US participation.

Despite its pariah status, North Korea signed the agreement, becoming one of the 195 nations to do so.

Hawaii is particularly vulnerable to climate change. "Together, we will remain actively engaged with the worldwide community as part of the global effort to hold warming to well below 2°C and to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy that will benefit our security, prosperity, and health".

"The selfish act of the U.S. does not only have grave consequences for the worldwide efforts to protect the environment, but poses great danger to other areas as well", the statement, published on Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). In the near future, if the effects of climate change get more severe, affected countries will be justified in blaming the United States for the threat to their lives and livelihoods. Under the agreement, the United States would cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent by 2025.

  • Leroy Wright