State’s cli­mate pol­icy won’t re­verse

Gov­er­nor vows to keep ef­forts in place re­gard­less of whether Trump pulls U.S. out of Paris agree­ment.

Los Angeles Times - - CALIFORNIA - JOHN MY­ERS john.my­ers@la­times.com Twit­ter: @john­my­ers

SACRA­MENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown warned Wed­nes­day that a de­ci­sion by Pres­i­dent Trump to with­draw the United States from a 2015 global cli­mate change agree­ment could be “tragic,” and vowed to keep Cal­i­for­nia’s am­bi­tious ef­forts in place and on track.

“Here we are, in 2017, go­ing back­wards,” Brown said in an in­ter­view with the Los An­ge­les Times. “It can­not stand, it’s not right and Cal­i­for­nia will do ev­ery­thing it can to not only stay the course, but to build more sup­port — in other states, in other prov­inces, in other coun­tries.”

The gov­er­nor also crit­i­cized ef­forts by the pres­i­dent to dis­man­tle cli­mate change ini­tia­tives launched by for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

“Trump is go­ing against sci­ence. He’s go­ing against re­al­ity,” the gov­er­nor said. “We can’t stand by and give aid and com­fort to that.”

News that the pres­i­dent had ei­ther made the de­ci­sion to pull the coun­try out of the Paris Ac­cord on cli­mate change or was on the verge of do­ing so drew swift con­dem­na­tion from Cal­i­for­nia lead­ers.

Brown and other top law­mak­ers at­tended the talks in late 2015 that re­sulted in the in­ter­na­tional agree­ment, and in­sisted Wed­nes­day that a Trump de­ci­sion to pull out of it would not hurt the state’s own ef­forts to sharply cur­tail green­house gas emis­sions.

“As with so many other mat­ters, from hu­man rights to health­care, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has con­tin­ued to sur­ren­der our na­tion’s long­stand­ing role as a global leader,” Se­nate Pres­i­dent Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los An­ge­les) said.

Oth­ers pointed out that a de­ci­sion to re­move the United States from the agree­ment would leave it in rare com­pany among other na­tions. Lt. Gov. Gavin New­som tweeted that such a de­ci­sion by Trump would be more than just “dumb + de­struc­tive.”

Brown, who leaves Fri­day for a week­long visit to China to en­cour­age more cli­mate-change co­op­er­a­tion, pre­dicted any de­ci­sion to step away would sug­gest the coun­try’s pri­or­i­ties aren’t clear.

“It sends a very mud­dled mes­sage,” the gov­er­nor said dur­ing an in­ter­view in his state Capi­tol of­fice. “Is the mes­sage [that] we like dirty cars and gas guz­zlers? And we’re go­ing to have a coal fu­ture? That can’t hap­pen.”

And Brown again sug­gested that Cal­i­for­nia’s ex­pe­ri­ence on the is­sue of­fers a road map for oth­ers.

“If we want to re­tain and en­hance man­u­fac­tur­ing, we have to do what Cal­for­nia is do­ing, in clean en­ergy and clean tech­nol­ogy,” he said. “That’s the fu­ture of jobs, the fu­ture of sus­tain­abil­ity. And we bet­ter get on board. And Cal­i­for­nia will be right there with the best of them.”

‘Trump is go­ing against sci­ence. He’s go­ing against re­al­ity. We can’t stand by and give aid and com­fort to that.’ — Gov. Jerry Brown

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