Cal­i­for­nia gov­er­nor: Trump a 'fool' on cli­mate

The Peterborough Examiner - - Canada & World - JANIE HAR

SAN FRAN­CISCO — Cal­i­for­nia Gov. Jerry Brown started his global cli­mate sum­mit Thurs­day by say­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump will likely be re­mem­bered as a liar and a fool when it comes to the en­vi­ron­ment.

Brown, a Demo­crat, and for­mer New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke at a news con­fer­ence on the first full day of the San Fran­cisco sum­mit that is partly a re­buke of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The lead­ers said in an op-ed in the Los An­ge­les Times that thou­sands of cities, states and other groups re­main com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing global warm­ing with­out Trump's sup­port.

Trump an­nounced last year that he was with­draw­ing from the land­mark 2015 Paris cli­mate ac­cord. His ad­min­is­tra­tion is also pur­su­ing poli­cies that would boost meth­ane emis­sions and roll back Cal­i­for­nia's strict ve­hi­cle emis­sions stan­dards.

Bloomberg and Brown said they cal­cu­late the coun­try is within strik­ing dis­tance of the re­duc­tion in green­house gases pre­vi­ously promised by the U.S.

Asked about the hun­dreds of pro­test­ers out­side the con­fer­ence claim­ing the Brown could do more in Cal­i­for­nia, the gov­er­nor re­it­er­ated his am­bi­tious goals for bat­tling green­house gas emis­sions at all lev­els.

Pro­test­ers also called on him to ban the prac­tice known as frack­ing, which in­jects high-pres­sure liq­uid into the ground to ex­tract gas.

Bloomberg chimed in: “Amer­ica's a won­der­ful coun­try. Here we have en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists protest­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal con­fer­ence.”

Thou­sands of politi­cians and busi­ness lead­ers from around the world are ex­pected at the two-day in­vi­ta­tion-only sum­mit at the Moscone Cen­ter, as well as pe­riph­eral events through­out the city.

Sum­mit spokesper­son Nick Nuttall said he is not aware of any U.S. gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials at­tend­ing.

Mes­sages to the U.S. Depart­ment of In­te­rior, the Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion and the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency were not re­turned.

ERIC RISBERG THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Gov. Brown, left, and Bloomberg at the Global Ac­tion Cli­mate Sum­mit.

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