Donald Trump may have turned his back on the Paris Climate Agreement, but a huge number of tech firms, including Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, have signed an open letter pledging their support for climate action that meets the targets set out by the accord.
"The selfish act of the US does not only have grave consequences for the global efforts to protect the environment, but poses great danger to other areas as well", the spokesman said.
In a statement, Ige said the state of Hawaii is "committed to environmental stewardship" and is looking "forward to working with other states to fight global climate change". "Tides are getting higher, biodiversity is shrinking, coral is bleaching, coastlines are eroding, weather is becoming more extreme".
Ige also signed a bill Tuesday to form a task force to study how agriculture and aquaculture in Hawaii can help sequester carbon dioxide. "Together, we can directly contribute to the global agenda of achieving a more resilient and sustainable island Earth", said Ige, in a press release.
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State Sen. J. Kalani English, who introduced the bill, said the measure "gives us legal basis to continue adaptation and mitigation strategies for Hawai'i, despite the Federal government's withdrawal from the treaty". Hawaii is one of many USA states and cities to affirm the principles of the Paris Accord and agree to uphold the treaty despite the federal government's rejection of it. Hawaii County managing director Wil Okabe emphasized the importance of the laws' passage. In total, the statement says the businesses and investors who have chose to continue to participate in the Paris Climate Accord account for a total annual revenue of $1.4 trillion and include over 20 Fortune 500 companies, such as Apple, eBay, Gap Inc., Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Nike, in addition to hundreds of small businesses.
While announcing his controversial decision, Trump said he was motivated by a campaign pledge to put American workers first.
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. With Trump pulling out of the agreement, the USA will join only two other countries that have not ratified the pact: Syria and Nicaragua.
The United States now aligns itself with Nicaragua and Syria, the only two nations that didn't sign the deal.