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The U.S. pulled out of the Paris Agreement on Wednesday, making it the only country out of the 195 that signed the landmark climate accord to do so.
The move comes after President Donald Trump formally announced in 2017 his intent to leave the landmark agreement. It aims to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and slow the impacts of human-induced climate change.
But in a statement earlier this week, Hawaii’s top state energy official said the state will continue to observe the standards set in the Paris Agreement. The nation’s lone island state is part of the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan consortium of 25 governors who pledged to follow the pact even if the U.S. pulled out as a whole.
Large solar farms like this one on Kauai are helping wean Hawaii off fossil fuels. State energy officials have pledged to follow the standards set by the Paris Agreement even though the U.S. as a whole has withdrawn.
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“The need for state and local governments to strengthen their efforts to counter the devastating effects of the climate crisis has never been greater,” Chief Energy Officer Scott Glenn said Wednesday. “Hawaii pledges to work … to accelerate our ambition and pace of climate leadership.”
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