Hawaii enacts laws adopting Paris climate deal pledges


Hawaii on Tuesday became the first state in the country with laws that implement portions of the Paris climate deal.

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Hawaii's governor has signed a bill that adopts goals of the Paris climate agreement, despite President Trump's announcement last week that the U.S.is pulling out of the global accord.

Almost six in 10 (57%) of voters said they opposed Trump's withdrawal from the deal, while just 24% said they agreed with the decision, the latest Politico / Morning Consult survey found.

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.

The bill continues: "Regardless of federal action, the legislature supports the goals of the Paris Agreement to combat climate change and its effects on environments, economies, and communities around the world". Lee was one of the introducers of House Bill 1578.

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A task force will be created to set up the scheme and advise on "climate resiliency".

Undoing most existing USA programs that curb vehicle pollution and other climate-changing emissions would probably take years and court battles if Trump tries, climate experts say.

He claimed it would cost the United States $3tn (£2.3tn) and more than 6 million jobs.

Ponlok said the move to leave the agreement was "unethical".

"I think it's very important that we state how we feel about this bad thing that our president has done, again", Councilman Kelley Singleton said. "One man can't stop our clean energy revolution".

Last week, several state governors and more than 1,400 mayors across the U.S. pledged to uphold the guidelines set forth in the Paris Accord. In Tuesday's statement, Pyongyang also linked Washington's climate policy to its "unreasonable and reckless" actions against North Korea's nuclear program. The Obama administration hyped up the summit, but it was largely seen as a failure.