A dozen of U.S. states recently formed a ‘Climate Alliance’ by committing to stick to the Paris climate accord’s guidelines in curbing global warming. Hawaii is the latest state to join the alliance, despite President Trump’s withdrawal from the climate deal earlier last week.
Hawaii Joins the Alliance
Hawaii’s Democratic Governor David Ige signed off the Senate bill two days ago, saying that his state’s unique ecology deserves special protections in the face of rising sea levels. The governor underlined that tides are getting stronger, coral is affected by more and more bleaching events, biodiversity is losing grounds, the weather is becoming increasingly extreme, and erosion jeopardizes coastlines.
These are just a few reasons, the state of Hawaii joined an independent fight against global warming.
The proponent of the bill, Sen. J. Kalani English came up with the idea of a climate change panel which should find new methods to fight rising sea levels. Under the new bill, the states commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to the levels set by the climate accord. The state Senator thinks the proposed law is exactly what his state needs.
(The law) gives us legal basis to continue adaptation and mitigation strategies for Hawaii, despite the Federal government’s withdrawal from the treaty,
Sen. English told reporters.
Trump Still Thinks Climate Change is a Hoax
President Trump turned his back on the Paris climate agreement last week, arguing that the restrictions would take a heavy toll on U.S. jobs and the economy. However, the move may have a lot to do with the fact that Trump doesn’t believe in the human-made climate change theory. He once said climate change was a “hoax” perpetrated by the Chinese to boost their trade.
The U.S. Climate Alliance’s primary goal is to uphold the Paris deal despite the federal government’s stance on the issue. Other states that are now part of the alliance include Washington, New York, and California. Those states’ goal is to lower their carbon footprint 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels.
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