Hawaii becomes first state to formally adopt climate accord pledges

by Edgar Hayes June 8, 2017, 1:45
Hawaii becomes first state to formally adopt climate accord pledges

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said his country will maintain its commitment to stop the effects of global climate change, despite the USA decision to pull out of the Paris accord.

Trump announced last week that he'd be taking the USA out of the Paris agreement because it punished businesses and would be detrimental to our economy.

David Ige, shown here in 2014, has signed a bill to implement goals of the Paris Agreement in his state.

So far, Colorado's governor and nine mayors - representing Aspen, Boulder, Breckenridge, Denver, Edgewater, Lafayette, Lakewood, Longmont and Vail - have pledged to continue working to reduce climate pollution. "Tides are getting higher, biodiversity is shrinking, coral is bleaching, coastlines are eroding, weather is becoming more extreme".

It has pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, and to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

The 2015 accord is an effort to mitigate climate change by keeping global temperatures from rising 2 degrees Celsius while adapting to ongoing climate effects such as rising sea levels.

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Hawaii becomes first state to formally adopt climate accord pledges

Based on past experience, we surely know that lacking a contractual agreement many countries will ignore their responsibility, and the USA will end up paying the bill as we are presently doing with the United Nations and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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. It establishes a permanent climate change commission under the umbrella of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources that "brings together all the different parts we've created over the years", according to Maui Sen.

Senate Bill 559 expands strategies and mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state by adopting goals outlined in the Paris agreement.

The Paris Climate Accord is poorly written, favors the worst polluters (China/India) and will be extremely costly to every American taxpayer.

Details of the policy actions have not been circulated in public but the source said initiatives on a carbon floor price, climate finance and increased development of renewable energy sources to curb French dependence on nuclear power could be among the proposals.


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