Trump's withdrawal from climate accord was 'courageous': Murray Energy CEO

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Following President Donald Trump's announcement withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement, some politicians are taking a stand and making their own commitments to fight climate change.

Joining other governors and state and local leaders from the mainland, Governor David Ige signed legislation on Tuesday that will implement the steps outlined in the Paris Agreement in Hawaii.

Although Hawaii already has strong environmental rules, the new law is the first to directly refer to the standards of the Paris agreement, said Glen Andersen, who tracks energy and climate issues at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Senate Bill 559 and House Bill 1578 commit to expanding methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the state.

"We are especially aware of the limits of our natural environment", Ige said, as reported by NPR. "Climate change is real, regardless of what others say".

"We are setting a course to change the trajectory for Hawaii and islanders for generations to come", Governor Ige said of the agreement. It establishes the Carbon Farming Task Force, which would look at agricultural and aquacultural practices that would improve soil health and aid in carbon capture technology.


It also creates a commission to establish strategies to combat climate change and develop plans to manage the impact of rising sea levels.

In the absence of executive leadership in the United States, an unprecedented alliance is emerging among cities like ours to push progress forward.

The governors of Washington, California and NY on the same day announced the creation of a "climate alliance" of states that would remain committed to the Paris goals.

He said he would do that and added, "Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know".

In announcing the withdrawal on June 1 from the almost universally supported agreement, Trump earned the scorn of the European Union, China, India, Brazil, and many other nations that have been taking ambitious actions to reduce their emissions of global warming gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane.

"The "America First Policy" advocated by Trump led to the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement", a foreign ministry spokesperson said in a statement released through the state-owned Korean Central News Agency. Nicaragua and Syria are the only two countries that have not signed it, and the United States is the only country to have withdrawn from the pact.

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