CA Governor Flying to China to Defy Trump on Climate Deal
- Author: Essie Rivera Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 1:45
Since Trump's unilateral withdrawal from the global accord on June 01, over 200 mayors have adopted the Paris Agreement goals for their cities, 13 governors have formed the bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance, and 17 governors have released individual statements standing by Paris.
Last week, several state governors and dozens of mayors across the USA pledged to uphold the guidelines set forth in the Paris Accord following President Donald Trump's announcement that he was removing the US from the agreement.
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Ige signed a separate bill Tuesday establishing a Carbon Farming Task Force, aimed at identifying "agricultural and aquacultural practices to improve soil health and promote carbon sequestration".
"The measure adopted relevant sections of the Paris Agreement as state law, which gives us legal basis to continue adaptation and mitigation strategies for Hawaii despite the federal government's withdrawal from the treaty", state Sen.
At least a dozen states including Hawaii have signed pledges to continue reducing fossil-fuel emissions despite Trump's decision. 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?
It has pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, and to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
Hawaii has passed a law to document sea level rise and set strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Murray's company employs about 6,000 people, operates in six US states and produces 65 million tonnes of coal each year.
Mayors from Kauai, Maui and the Big Island also signed a commitment to follow the goals outlined in the Paris agreement.
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.