Hawaii enacts law to align goals with Paris climate accord

California in climate tie up with China

Last week, several state governors and dozens of mayors across the US pledged to uphold the guidelines set forth in the Paris Accord following President Donald Trump's announcement that he was removing the USA from the agreement.

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.

Hawaii also joined the United States Climate Alliance, a group of states dedicated to upholding the accord.

And whether out of concern for the planet or for its own image, even oil giant ExxonMobil past year welcomed the Paris Agreement, calling it "crucial" and saying it was "an important step forward by world governments in addressing the serious risks of climate change". Why is America not stepping up to be a leader in the global community on the issue of climate change, instead of running away and abdicating its global responsibilities, opening the way for China to take the lead?

"Hawaii is committed to environmental stewardship, and we look forward to working with other states to fight global climate change". A few efforts, such as a reduction on methane emissions introduced by the Obama administration, could be overturned more easily.

Brown told reporters on the sidelines of a clean energy forum in Beijing on Tuesday that the failure of leadership from the United States was "only temporary" and said science and the market would be required to get past it.

The momentum of existing climate-change efforts and the availability natural gas, wind and solar power mean those loyal to the Paris accord in the USA will have an easier time, with emissions expected to fall overall for years, said Robert Perciasepe with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, who worked with Bloomberg's group on the climate pledge. "And they won't be", he said. But the former president said that while such instincts of retrenchment are understandable and tempting, they must be avoided.

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