U.S. Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Tom Carper (D-Del.) and 40 of their colleagues introduced legislation Thursday that would prevent the U.S. from withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement.

The International Climate Accountability Act “would also require the President to provide a plan to describe how the U.S. would meet its nationally determined contribution to the Paris Climate Agreement and honor its commitment to combatting climate change,” according to a press release from Hirono’s office.

“The President’s careless decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement will result in serious economic, social, and environmental consequences for communities across the country,” Hirono said. “In Hawaii we understand why it is important to malama, or take care of, our land, ocean, and air — our way of life depends on it. That is why Hawaii was the first state to pass legislation to uphold the agreement in the state.”

The City of Lights. Flickr: Patrick Nouhailler

She added: “By dropping out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the U.S. will be ill prepared to deal with the growing threat of climate change and its direct impacts on our economic stability and national security. Our bill will ensure we remain prepared and willing to uphold our end of this vital deal. America must not abdicate its global leadership role in the climate crisis to countries like China.”

Forty other senators are cosponsoring the International Climate Accountability Act, including Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

According to Hirono’s office, Trump cannot officially withdraw the U.S. from the Paris accord until Nov. 4, 2020.

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