Jerry Brown Rallies Other States to Fight for Paris Climate Accord

He has been called Governor Moonbeam, has run for the Presidency but for Jerry Brown his role as Governor of California has been his calling. Brown has reduced the deficit, strengthen the economy of California and has been a strong environmentalist. Thursday, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would leave the Paris Climate Accord which sought to slow down the greenhouse effect and reduce the increase in planetary temperatures. Trump may have withdrawal the US from the pact but Governor Brown is not withdrawing his commitment to the pact.

Moments after the President with the U.S, Brown issued a scathing statement. “Donald Trump has absolutely chosen the wrong course. He’s wrong on the facts. America’s economy is boosted by following the Paris Agreement. He’s wrong on the science. Totally wrong. California will resist this misguided and insane course of action. Trump is AWOL but California is on the field, ready for battle.” Brown stated.

As allies of the United States are reacting to President Trump’s decision with anger and defense of the pact, Brown is headed for China. In an unusual political move, Brown will negotiate and discuss the future of the accord. Brown stated that” I’m going to do everything I can, and people are going to join with me.” Brown also stated that he would “participating in a global climate summit and meeting with high-level Chinese officials, possibly including President Xi Jinping.” Brown will bring to the table the 6th largest economy in the world.

Brown is not alone in this effort. Brown has joined Governor Jay Inslee of Washington state and Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York to form the U.S. Climate Alliance which will uphold the Paris climate agreement. Other governors have also expressed interest of joining the group such as Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

The new pact within the United States, requires the same goal of the Paris Climate Accord, which requires a 26 to 28 percent reduction in emissions from 2005 levels. Governor Brown’s office stated that specific targets haven’t been set for each state with California, New York and Washington together account for about 10 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

One reason the President said the U.S had to withdraw from the accord is jobs. Trump has stated time and time again that under the accord jobs have been lost. Brown sharply disagrees. Meredith Fowlie, a professor of economics at University of California Berkeley states that President Trump is wrong on jobs being lost due to environmental regulations. “GDP growth in California has outpaced the U.S. as a whole in recent years. Over this same time period, the state has implemented the most ambitious climate change policies in the nation. And CO2 emissions in the state have fallen.”

California not only gained back jobs but due to new regulations on environmental concerns new jobs were created. William Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University stated that “Blue collar industries initially left the state rather than stay in place, the pollution caused by those industries also left the state.” Fulton who also served as the planning director for the City of San Diego, continued, “But the economy then shaped around that kind of aftermath, and there was growth in other areas like the green industry.” When California implemented and gave financial opportunities to businesses for sticking to these policies, plenty of “green entrepreneurs” jumped at the opportunity. Businesses were created and the jobs that go with them.

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