BILL SIGNING SB 559 AND HB 1578
News Release June 6, 2017: HAWAI‘I BECOMES FIRST STATE TO ENACT LAW THAT ALIGNS WITH PARIS AGREEMENT
PBN June 6, 2017: Hawaii governor says state is first to enact laws implementing Paris climate accord
IM: Hawaii Embarks on Climate Change Journey
News Release from Office of the Governor, Jun 5, 2017
WHAT: BILL SIGNING
SB 559 expands strategies and mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide in alignment with the principles and goals adopted in the Paris Agreement. (Translation: More sweetheart contracts to buy overpriced electricity from campaign contributors.)
HB 1578 establishes the Carbon Farming Task Force within the Office of Planning to identify agricultural and aquacultural practices to improve soil health and promote carbon sequestration in the state’s agricultural and aquaculturally sectors. (Translation: Tax Credits for A&B, KSBE and other large landowners.)
Also, county mayors will sign a commitment agreement to follow the goals enshrined in the Paris climate accord.
- Gov. David Ige
- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell
- Representatives from the offices of:
Hawai‘i Island Mayor Harry Kim
Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa
Kaua‘i Mayor Bernard Carvalho
Members of the House and Senate
WHEN: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: State Capitol Rotunda
**This event will be streamed LIVE through Facebook Live at facebook.com/governordavidige
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HAWAII JOINS “WE ARE STILL IN” COALITION IN SUPPORT OF PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT
News Release from Office of the Attorney General, Jun 5, 2017
HONOLULU – Following President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, Hawaii Governor David Ige and Attorney General Doug Chin joined forces with governors, mayors, business leaders and universities across the country pledging to maintain their commitment to fighting climate change and abiding by the principles of the global agreement.
Attorney General Chin said, “I am proud to stand beside both Governor Ige and many of my fellow attorneys general as a signatory to the “We are Still In” Coalition. Climate change is of unique importance to our island state, and I will be working with my fellow attorneys general to find ways to act effectively, even when the federal government won’t.”
In addition to Attorney General Chin, other state attorneys general joining the coalition today include California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.
President Trump announced on June 1 that the United States would break ranks with more than 190 countries and leave the historic global commitment that entered into force in November 2016. The signatories to the “We are Still In” coalition, today released the following statement:
“We, the undersigned mayors, governors, attorneys general, college and university leaders and businesses are joining forces for the first time to declare, that we will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement.
In December 2015 in Paris, world leaders signed the first global commitment to fight climate change. The landmark agreement succeeded where past attempts failed because it allowed each country to set its own emission reduction targets and adopt its own strategies for reaching them. In addition, nations – inspired by the actions of local and regional governments, along with businesses – came to recognize that fighting climate change brings significant economic and public health benefits.
The Trump administration’s announcement undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change and damages the world’s ability to avoid the most dangerous and costly effects of climate change. Importantly, it is also out of step with what is happening in the United States.
In the U.S., it is local and state governments, along with businesses, that are primarily responsible for the dramatic decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in recent years. Actions by each group will multiply and accelerate in the years ahead, no matter what policies Washington may adopt.
In the absence of leadership from Washington, states, cities, colleges and universities and businesses representing a sizeable percentage of the U.S. economy will pursue ambitious climate goals, working together to take forceful action and to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions.
It is imperative that the world know that in the U.S., the actors that will provide the leadership necessary to meet our Paris commitment are found in city halls, state capitals, colleges and universities and businesses. Together, we will remain actively engaged with the international community as part of the global effort to hold warming to well below 2°C and to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy that will benefit our security, prosperity, and health.”
The Paris Climate Agreement requires participating countries to limit global warming to well below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit from preindustrial levels and encourages them to pursue efforts to keep temperature increases to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit. The “We Are Still In” coalition pledges to ensure that despite the country’s exit from the agreement the United States will continue to be a leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
REALITY for those who can handle it: Paris Protocol: Devastating Economic Costs, Essentially Zero Environmental Benefits