Mayors of Pittsburgh and Paris Say They Have Their Own Climate Deal

U.S. President Donald Trump said last Thursday that he has made a decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, a landmark global pact to fight climate change.

Gov. David Ige signed two bills Tuesday that reflect climate goals in the Paris accord.

Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, and Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, differed over whether the president believes climate change is man-made. He says he was motivated by the signs of climate change he sees daily in Hawaii: "Tides are getting higher, biodiversity is shrinking, coral is bleaching, coastlines are eroding, weather is becoming more extreme".

Donald Trump may have turned his back on the Paris Climate Agreement, but a huge number of tech firms, including Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, have signed an open letter pledging their support for climate action that meets the targets set out by the 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".

Almost three in four (72%) voters said they saw climate change as "an important threat" that demanded government action, and 50% of voters said they felt the US should do more to strengthen environmental protections, "even if it hurts some USA businesses".

"I think it's very important that we state how we feel about this terrible thing that our president has done, again", Councilman Kelley Singleton said.

"If we talk about responsibility, which countries created the issue of climate change?"

The law commits the state to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in order to align with the principles and goals of the Paris Agreement.

As for the Paris Climate Accord, 196 different countries agreed to adopt green energy sources, cut down on emissions and limit the spike in global temperatures.

Hawaii is part of the US Climate Alliance, an entity created last week by the governors of California, New York and Washington state to share information, environmental best practices and implement new programs "to reduce carbon emissions from all sectors of the economy".

Hawaii is particularly vulnerable to climate change.

"Whoever chooses to blindly follow the Trump administration overpowered by its bravado should be fully aware that the judgment of history shall take them all as one", the statement said.

Only Nicaragua and Syria are non-signatories; the latter in the midst of a civil war, the other believing the agreement wasn't strong enough.

  • Leroy Wright