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Hawaii rebels against Trump with a law to uphold the spirit of the Paris climate accord

Hawaii rebels against Trump with a law to uphold the spirit of the Paris climate accord

Amid a widening partisan divide over climate change, Hawaii lawmakers have a message for President Trump: The Paris agreement is needed.

Rebelling against the president’s decision last week to pull out of the international climate accord, Hawaii Gov. David Ige has signed into law a measure that aims to push Hawaii toward doing its part to achieve the worldwide greenhouse gas reductions the agreement calls for.

It is the first law in the nation directly responding to the decision, though more are expected.

In addition to encouraging emissions cuts, the law signed Tuesday also promotes “environmental integrity” and the conservation of wetlands and forests — key tenets of...

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