Hawaii defies Donald Trump by backing Paris climate change deal

Posted June 08, 2017

Half of registered voters agreed that the United States should "do more to strengthen environmental protections, even if it hurts some US businesses", while 29 percent said the country should "do more to help some USA businesses, even if it weakens environmental protections".

Last week, mayors throughout the country denounced Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the environmental pact, and they reaffirmed their cities' commitment to fighting climate change and investing in renewable energies.

"The world is not doing enough", he said. While Mohammed did not mention Trump by name, she made her references clear, saying, "I don't think it's necessary today that we focus on the decision by "someone" to withdraw from the Paris Agreement".

With President Donald Trump pulling the USA out of the Paris climate accord, China and California signed an agreement June 6 to work together on reducing emissions, as the state's governor warned that "disaster still looms" without urgent action.

Half of respondents said the nation should be more concerned about "protecting the environment and reducing greenhouse gas emissions", than "protecting our coal industry and American industrial sector jobs".

Senator J Kalani English, the senate majority leader, who introduced SB 559, said the state law will give lawmakers a "legal basis to continue adaption and mitigation strategies" for the state, "despite the Federal government's withdrawal from the treaty". After the talks, Brown asserted that his state would work with China to address climate change.

Speaking at the European Development Days summit in Brussels, Amina J. Mohammed - deputy secretary-general of the United Nations - told an audience of 5,000 that it was imperative no other countries renege on their climate change commitments.

Efforts to reduce emissions and push for clean energy on the Garden Isle include changing streetlights to energy efficient LED bulbs, capturing methane gas at the Kekaha Landfill, and offering more transportation options, Carvalho said. And Hawaii, in all of its glory, just became the first state to make parts of the Paris Agreement law.

"Greenhouse gas and fossil fuel reductions can affect the USA economy".

The US's withdrawal from the Agreement is further expected to impact on the development of new technologies for boosting energy efficiency and generating clean energy.

"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.

That means implementation of the articles of the Paris Agreement can be done by states, provinces, cities, private and public organisations, universities, NGOs, media houses and indeed every individual citizen on Planet Earth.