Existing climate efforts expected to keep US goals on track

Jun 08, 2017, 01:45
Existing climate efforts expected to keep US goals on track

Efforts to reduce emissions and push for clean energy on the Garden Isle include changing streetlights to energy efficient LED bulbs, capturing methane gas at the Kekaha Landfill, and offering more transportation options, Carvalho said.

I was utterly dismayed when I heard that the United States, still the greatest country on earth (freedom of speech and religious choice, universal voting rights and access to education, economic opportunity, etc.), is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord.

Colorado companies including Western Union, New Belgium Brewing and several ski resorts have joined hundreds of US mayors, governors and chief executives, all promising to make good on the nation's commitment to reach climate goals set in Paris.

Hawaii has passed a law to document sea level rise and set strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

France's UN Ambassador Francois Delattre said Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement "goes beyond climate change policy" and is a "factor in the erosion of the moral and political leadership of the United States".

The U.S. has never been a "climate leader" and its departure will pave to new dynamics, Samuel Chademana, Groundwork's Climate and Energy Justice Campaign Manager, said in an interview with Xinhua.

Ige says Hawaii is the first state to enact legislation implementing parts of the Paris climate agreement. Majority Leader J. Kalani English, who introduced one of the bills, said in a statement.

"In the absence of leadership from Washington", added the "we are still in" group, "states, cities, colleges and universities, businesses and investors will pursue ambitious climate goals, working together to take forceful action and to ensure that the USA remains a global leader in reducing emissions".

Ige also signed Act 33 (House Bill 1578) on Tuesday, which creates a Carbon Farming Task Force to identify agricultural and aquaculture practices aimed at better carbon sequestration.

"Regardless of federal action, it is time for states and governors to lead", said Gov. David Ige.

Companies from every European Union nation except Poland and Greece sign up to initiative in bid to meet Paris pledges and limit effects of climate change.

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