Hawaii Signs Legislation To Implement Goals Of Paris Climate Accord Anyway


PARIS France will go beyond its initial global commitments to combat climate change following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of last year's Paris accord, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.

The volcanic island state's Governor David Ige has signed two landmark laws supporting "the commitments and goals" of the accord.

North Korea has criticized the United States over President Donald Trump's decision to quit the Paris Climate Agreement as "short-sighted and silly", saying it was another example of USA "recklessness".

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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 USA should do more to strengthen environmental protections, "even if it hurts some US businesses". Trump said he will "renegotiate".

"The aim of the President and that of Nicolas Hulot is to go beyond the targets which we had set ourselves within the framework of the Paris agreement", said government spokesman Christophe Castaner on Wednesday.

Trump has faced intense criticism since deciding to pull the U.S. out of the Paris agreement, joining only two other countries who aren't signatories - Syria and Nicaragua.

Although originally led by Democratic leaders like Brown, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, several Republican governors have also joined the fight.

"We are especially aware of the limits of our natural environment", Ige said before signing the document.

The poll also showed 50 percent of Americans believe global temperatures will rise faster as a result of the USA withdrawal from the climate deal, and 64 percent think US relations with other countries will suffer.

George Edgar, ambassador of the European Union to Cambodia, said the country is one of the most vulnerable to climate change, adding that the EU was spending millions of dollars on "targeted and ambitious" climate programs in the country.

The Hawaii legislation is part of a growing movement of American states and cities who have committed to upholding the climate agreement signed by 200 countries.

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".

They include 10 USA states and eight US cities that account for almost one-third of America's population and GDP and are major contributors to the dramatic decrease in the country's greenhouse gas emissions.

"In the absence of leadership from Washington, states, cities, colleges and universities, businesses and investors, representing a sizeable percentage of the USA economy will pursue ambitious climate goals, working together to take forceful action and to ensure that the USA remains a global leader in reducing emissions", the letter stated, according to official website We Are Still In.

They are already linked up among themselves to share that knowledge through a South-South initiative called the LDC Universities Consortium on Climate Change, managed out of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development based at the Independent University, Bangladesh.

Any material impact on the Country Rating can only be determined once more information is available, for example on the concrete measures the U.S. intends to take following its decision, after which we will be able to make a comprehensive evaluation. The US's primary energy consumption could also rise further due to reduced support for energy efficiency.

The ball has been taken up by the people and no head of state can take it back - not even President Trump!