Some US States, Cities Say 'We Are Still In' Paris Agreement
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 11:26
The United States withdrew from the Paris Agreement last week and in response the Mayor has signed two letters acknowledging his and the City Councils' support of the worldwide climate agreement and its goals. Trump argued that the Paris agreement favors emerging economies such as China's and India's at the expense of US workers.
"We just have to hope he's got other things on his mind right now and he doesn't do that", he said.
The move aims to keep Hawaii in line with the targets set by the Paris agreement, a comprehensive climate agreement signed by 174 countries and the European Union that pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep global warming "well below 2 degrees Celcius" [3.6 degrees Fahrenheit].
The Governor of Hawaii, David Ige, has signed two bills which support the goals and commitments of the Paris Agreement. "We already have many local employers who are doing great things to make their companies greener by using less energy, cutting their waste and sourcing products responsibly". We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks.
The German official's trip to California to talk climate-efforts with Brown demonstrates determination of some USA governors, some 200 US mayors, business leaders and others to keep cutting Americans' output of climate-changing emissions from fossil fuels, Brown said. Canadians know we need to take decisive and collective action to tackle the many harsh realities of our changing climate.
Mayors of cities nationwide are also vowing to do whatever they can to reduce fossil-fuel emissions.
"California's lesson is really an important one". These climate changes can lead to human suffering through reduced food security, severe storm damage to property, illness and death from intense heat waves, and spread of vector-borne diseases.
"It is imperative that the world know that in the USA, the actors that will provide the leadership necessary to meet our Paris commitment are found in city halls, state capitals, colleges and universities, investors and businesses", the open letter said.
Jobs created through the clean technology sector may also be hard to fill.
Hawaii is also one of twelves states, along with Puerto Rico, to sign up to the US Climate Alliance, states committing to uphold the tenets of the Paris Agreement regardless of the federal government's stance.