State breaks away from Trump, will go forward with Paris Accord

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In a rebellious move against President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement, Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed legislation this week supporting the Paris Accord. Hawaii is now the first state to implement aspects of the international agreement.

“Hawaii is committed to environmental stewardship,” Ige said in a statement. “Together, we can directly contribute to the global agenda of achieving a more resilient and sustainable island.”

In accordance with the goals outlined in the Paris Accord, Ige added laws which will expand current strategies being used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the state and create a task force aimed at cutting carbon emissions in agricultural.

Pledges to reduce fossil-fuel emissions have been signed in other states, including New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Delaware, Vermont, Virginia, Rhode Island, Minnesota, California, Oregon, and Washington state.

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