Hawaii Rebuffs Trump by Enacting Laws Supporting Paris Agreement

Posted June 14, 2017

The isolated dictatorship - one of 195 signatories to the historic climate accord - shamed Trump's "selfish" and "ignorant" exit in a tongue-lashing Tuesday that somehow shoehorned in US criticism of the North's budding nuclear program.

"This is the height of egoism and moral vacuum seeking only their own wellbeing even at the cost of the entire planet and, at the same time, a short-sighted and silly decision ignorant of the fact that the protection of the global environment is in their own interests".

"Hawaii's natural environment is under threat", Ige said.

"In the US, it is local and state governments, along with businesses, that are primarily responsible for the dramatic decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in recent years." the letter reads.

In 2015, 195 countries agreed in Paris to set individual targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with the shared goal of limiting the rise in average global temperatures to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

Cambodia, a member of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change since 1995, endorsed the Paris deal.

However strongly Trump is disliked by huge swaths of his own country, he's still a far cry from a figure like Kim Jong-un, who now presides over a network of starvation-inducing concentration camps containing tens of thousands of political prisoners. Any climate changes that disrupt North Korea's agricultural industry could increase the country's already massive food deficit. Canada's commitment is to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions to 30 per cent less than they were in 2005 by 2030.

Mr Trump's decision, based on the deal being bad for American jobs, was met with scorn and condemnation both at home and overseas, with isolated North Korea among the latest to join the chorus.

Last week, several state governors and dozens of mayors across the US pledged to uphold the guidelines set forth in the Paris Accord following President Donald Trump's announcement that he was removing the USA from the agreement.

Canada's pledge to be more independent on foreign policy, filling some of the void left by the US, is likely to be tested by its willingness to put more money on the table for defence, foreign aid and global climate finance.

"The U.S. attitude towards the nuclear issue in the Korean peninsula is the typical example", the North Korean foreign ministry said Tuesday.

The U.S.is now one of just three countries worldwide to be either outside the agreement or on their way out, with Syria and Nicaragua as the other two nations.