Friday, July 07, 2017

Jerry Brown's latest move about climate change

Jerry Brown chose the day of the G-20 Summit to announce a climate information event, both highlighting the issue and tweaking Trump's pro-pollution position.

Katy Murphy and Patrick May report Jerry Brown one-ups Trump on climate change with G20 announcement San Jose Mercury News 07/06/2017:

As President Donald Trump and other world leaders gathered in Hamburg, Germany, for the G20 summit, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday made waves by telling the world that Trump — who has decided to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris climate accord — does not speak for most Americans when it comes to dealing with environmental concerns.

Then Brown announced that California would host a global summit on climate change in San Francisco for September 2018.

“Yes, I know President Trump is trying to get out of the Paris Agreement, but he doesn’t speak for the rest of America,” Brown said in a video message shown to tens of thousands at the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg. “We in California and in states all across America believe it’s time to act. It’s time to join together, and that’s why at this Climate Action Summit we’re going to get it done.”
In the video below, he says, "Look, it's up to you and it's up to me and tens of millions of other people to get it together to roll back the forces of carbonization and join together to combat the existential threat of climate change." As Governor of California, Jerry actually officially represents tens of millions of people. Global Climate Action Summit 07/06/2017:

Jerry has been very explicit in opposing Trump pro-climate-catastrophe policies:

Brown has waged a public campaign to counter Trump since the president declared in June that the U.S. would pull out of the 2015 Paris accord reached by nearly 200 nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Shortly after Trump’s announcement, Brown traveled to China, warning that “disaster still looms” unless governments around the world take urgent action. On that trip, Brown predicted that Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord would prove to be only a temporary setback, thanks to firm commitments by China, European countries and individual U.S. states to pick up the leadership role vacated by the president.
The article also quotes Jerry as saying, “President Trump, he’s going off the reservation hopefully for a month, a year, not much longer. ... If he stays on his present course, California will just redouble its efforts and the people of the world will have to rise up and take action. And I think in a very paradoxical way, that’s exactly what Trump is stimulating — the very opposite of climate denial is climate activism.”

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