Jerry Brown: California to Bypass Trump on Climate Change

California Gov. Jerry Brown has suggested that the State of California could bypass the administration of President Donald J. Trump and work directly with foreign governments in advancing the cause of climate change, the New York Times reports.

Last May, Gov. Brown signed a climate change deal between twelve regional and provincial governments in seven countries, committing to reduce the “greenhouse gases” that trap heat in the earth’s atmosphere and are thought to drive global warming.

The aim was to show that California was committed to tackling the issue, even if Congress and the courts were not prepared to rubber-stamp President Barack Obama’s aggressive climate change agenda. He also played a prominent role at the Paris climate change talks last December (prompting speculation as to whether he was still clinging to presidential ambitions).

Brown had also been outspoken throughout the presidential campaign against the climate change positions of several Republican candidates. Last September, for instance, he sent Dr. Ben Carson a flash drive containing the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Earlier this month, Brown attacked President-elect Trump’s views on climate change and also attacked Breitbart News for describing methane regulations (accurately, if crudely) as rules on “cow farts.”

In an interview with the Times, Brown said: “”California can make a significant contribution to advancing the cause of dealing with climate change, irrespective of what goes on in Washington … I wouldn’t underestimate California’s resolve if everything moves in this extreme climate denial direction. Yes, we will take action.” The Times speculates that foreign governments might devote more effort to lobbying Sacramento than lobbying Washington under the Trump administration.

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    Squidly

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    HAHAH! .. yeah, you “advance” away there Moonbeam! .. I’m just curious where you think you are going to get the money to do these things. You’re already broke!!! … idiots … when do these morons secede? … Wish they would hurry up.

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    JayPee

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    Poor little Jerry Brown ( former S.J. ).
    Typical democrat party pig who thinks he’s above the law.
    Thinks he can dictate because everyone knows he’s right.
    Cut off ALL Federal funding to that pig and his state no matter what the earmarked intent.
    They must be slammed TO THE WALL otherwise they’ll become bolder and more arrogant.
    They can’t become more ignorant.
    They’ve reached the limit.

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    Sonnyhill

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    Trump has two years to bust the global warming cult, before the next round of elections. There’s plenty of qualified people who can help build a solid case. Keep it concise, connect the dots, show motive. Like a prosecutor making final arguments to the jury, let Trump address the nation with the speech . Global warming is not a “top ten” concern , unless you’re a scare mongering charlatan.

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    Amber

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    Brown can’t even balance a budget and he thinks he is going to set the earth’s thermostat ?
    Deflection strategy or too much acid in the 60’s ?
    If California wants to really jump the shark why not stop the San Andreas Fault from destroying half the state . When it goes a bit of warming will be the least of their worries .

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    Mjw

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    As long as it is their money (of which California has heaps) who cares.

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      JayPee

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      WRONG
      CaliCali does not have money infinitum
      Are those border invaders paying taxes or eating taxes
      Cut off the federal money spigot irrigation
      and all their folly will
      DRY UP

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        Mjw

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        They spend like they do.

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    Sonnyhill

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    If you want an eye-opener, look up the per-capita debt of the states and provinces. Ontario’s credit rating was downgraded and the Liberals publicly stated their spending plans wouldn’t change. Carbon taxes will help pay the higher interest rates. Socialists don’t sweat the little things. After all, the debt is owed by the voters, not the pols.

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    Alan

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    So how areyou going to accomplish this when Trump cuts off your big fat Government welfare check Mr. Moonbeam? Your state is already deep in debt, spends far more than it can afford and has the highest public welfare because of your sanctuary state status in the Country! Your state does not produce any of its own power or water!
    So yeah…Governor Moonbeam….you go on and see how that going behind Trumps back works for ya!

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