Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
World News | By Penny Hart

Hawaii Becomes America's First State To Join The Paris Climate Accord


In yet another instance of a world leader trolling President Donald Trump, North Korea issued a statement on Tuesday slamming the United States for pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, calling it "the height of egoism". David Ige (D) said at a press conference on Tuesday, ahead of signing the two bills into law.

"The selfish act of the US does not only have grave consequences for the global efforts to protect the environment, but poses great danger to other areas as well", the spokesman said.

"Hawai'i is committed to environmental stewardship, and we look forward to working with other states to fight global climate change", Ige said in a statement.

Along with setting climate change as a priority for the state, the bill creates a state commission dedicated to studying climate change and putting out detailed plans for responding both to sea-level rise and climate change as a whole, with the stipulation that the plans align with the Paris agreement.

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"As an institution of higher learning, it is essential that we publicly affirm the scientific evidence of the human contributions to climate change", said President Schall on the decision to opt in. Ige also signed House Bill 1578, which aims to "identify agricultural and aquacultural practices to improve soil health and promote carbon sequestration - the capture and long-term storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide to mitigate climate change". Hawaii is one of many U.S. states and cities to affirm the principles of the Paris Accord and agree to uphold the treaty despite the federal government's rejection of it. Hawaii County managing director Wil Okabe emphasized the importance of the laws' passage. As The Two-Way reported, he stated that the agreement gives other countries "an economic edge over the United States". Unlike Elon Musk, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty chose to remain on Trump's business advisory council following the U.S. withdrawal. The governors behind the alliance say states can meet the goals of the accord without hurting their economies.

President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement has even North Korea fuming. And through C40 Cities, the global network of 91 cities, of which I, Mayor Hidalgo, serve as chairwoman, mayors representing 650 million citizens are pledging their determination to deliver on the Paris Agreement.

The U.S.is now one of just three countries worldwide to be either outside the agreement or on their way out, with Syria and Nicaragua as the other two nations.

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