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Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Law enables Hawai'i to join climate change accord

Law enables Hawai'i to join climate change accord

"As President Trump was announcing that the USA will withdraw from the Paris Accord, a number of governors-and mayors-reaffirmed their commitment to reducing carbon emissions, pledging deep cuts within their boundaries and proposing more inter-state collaboration", said Barry Rabe, U-M professor of public policy and director of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy. According to news reports, there are about 30 mayors, three governors, more than 80 university presidents and more than 100 businesses who still want to honor the Paris climate accord.

But we will suggest that protecting the environment is of vital importance to this community, in particular.

"So that's eight years", Hendricks said.

"So the shift from dirty energy to clean energy, low carbon energy has an immediate health benefit", Patz said.

This is perhaps the most powerful aspect of the Paris Agreement, in that it links every citizen on the planet in a common enterprise with a common goal, with heads of states only the signatories on behalf of the people. Trump has frequently tweeted his own misgivings towards climate change science, at one point calling it a "hoax" cooked up by foreign governments to make the USA less competitive. Trump's decision has already been met with criticism from sources at home and overseas, including several Michigan-based businesses, such as Dow Chemical Co. and Kellogg Co.

State media for North Korea called President Donald Trump selfish Tuesday for his move to pull out of the Paris Climate accord.

Mills says there's strong support from all political parties for specific policy steps states have taken in the past-and not just among those who believe in climate change.

The question now is, what happens next?

Many mayors are signing agreements and pledges to stay green despite Trump's rejection of the climate accords, which involves nearly every country in the word.

- Commit Vermont to fully utilizing and leveraging the Volkswagon and future settlement funds to electrify and transform the state's transportation sector.

Bournemouth, and the 596 other Compact of Mayors cities worldwide, have made commitments that are equivalent to reductions of almost one billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually by 2030.

All of these ideas are worthy of consideration, but most especially the last one. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said, "We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible, and we firmly believe that the Paris agreement can not be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies". Fortunately, some of the groundwork for this has already been laid - at least in this region. While he claimed that US compliance would "cost America as many as 2.7 million jobs by 2025", statistics and most projections by non-partisan think tanks indicate just the opposite.

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