Hawaii Becomes First US State To Adopt Goals in Paris Climate Accord

Hawaii Becomes First US State To Adopt Goals in Paris Climate Accord

One of the laws expanded existing strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the state in accordance to the goals outlined in the Paris Accord. Trump argues the climate agreement has disadvantaged the US and benefited other countries, leaving American businesses and taxpayers to absorb the costs.

North Korea, one of the most diplomatically isolated countries, called President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord "selfish", "short-sighted and silly".

"Countries around the world must seize the opportunity to unleash this potential, invest in renewable energy that eliminates harmful carbon pollution, and build economies that are more resilient, inclusive and prosperous". By leaving a vacant seat at the table, the White House has further isolated the USA from the rest of the global community, leaving other nations, namely China, poised to fill the void.

"And what I hear from people over and over again is they want this council, this government, to take every step it possibly can at the local level to fight the effects of climate change and reduce our carbon footprint", he says.

Trump's refusal to sign made the US one of three countries in the world to reject the agreement. "As someone who cares deeply about the environment, which I do, I can not in good conscience support a deal that punishes the United States, which is what it does".

Finally, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also criticized the decision in a statement, "We are deeply disappointed that the United States federal government has chose to withdraw from the Paris Agreement".

Not only members of the European Union countries have rejected Trump's offer to renegotiate the agreement, also in the U.S. some states are themselves recoiling from the polluter-in-chief decision.

Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling says it's time for action on climate change. Acting U.S. ambassador to China David Rank resigned his position because of the move. "We must acknowledge these realities at home". "This current decision will not stand".

Although the out of the accord, Canada remains signed on. Because while the Paris agreement is a climate treaty, a triumph for evidence-based decision-making, it's also much more: a trade agreement, an investment blueprint and a strong incentive for innovation in the energy and the economy of the future.

Horowitz said California, with one of the toughest environmental policies in the US, has shown how clean energy can benefit the local economy. "In fact, it's grown greater than that of many other states in the United States while it's had these ambitious climate policies in place", Horowitz said.