Clashing with Trump, California governor says to launch climate satellite

Jan Cross
September 17, 2018

In closing remarks, United Nations climate chief Patricia Espinosa also called for a new era of climate diplomacy that includes not just national governments but also cities and regional bodies as well as industries - an approach she dubbed "inclusive multilateralism".

Leaders from local and state governments, business, and civil society have come together in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit organised by California Governor Jerry Brown to send a "clear signal" to national governments to step their efforts to tackle climate change. Under Brown, California became the first USA state to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese government in 2015 on regulating carbon emission.

Specifically, some studies suggest that by 2030, global greenhouse gas emissions could be lowered by as much as 1.5 to 2.2 gigatons (CO2e) every year if the commitments from almost 6,000 cities, states, regions and over 2,000 companies are fully implemented.

Governor Jerry Brown of the USA state of California said Wednesday that the whole world must work together to achieve the goals on carbon emission cuts.

This spirit of collaboration is in keeping with the history of San Francisco, which witnessed the signing of the UN Charter in 1945, first establishing a rules-based worldwide order that championed multilateralism over self-interest, and endorsed progress not through conflict, but through all people working together.

"California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change", said Governor Jerry Brown of SB100".

"We're under attack by a lot of people, including Donald Trump", Brown said, according to multiple reports.

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Romano said that policy decisions by individual governments, such as Trump's reversal of Obama-era fuel efficiency standards, could be "speed bumps" in the growth of EVs, but policies already established in California and the European Union, as well as the quality and falling price of EVs, meant that their use would continue to expand.

The CEO of one of the world's largest online business software companies is urging fellow technology leaders to help fight climate change.

Bloomberg and Brown, a Democrat, said they calculate the country is within striking distance of the reduction in greenhouse gases previously promised by the U.S. It was unclear what specific actions might be taken before the summit ends Friday. President Trump announced in June 2017 that he was withdrawing the United States from an agreement signed by 195 countries pledging to combat climate change. "Here we have environmentalists protesting an environmental conference".

His administration is also seeking to boost methane emissions and roll back California's strict vehicle emissions standards.

The event took place against a background of accelerating impacts of climate change, including Super Typhoon Mangkhut expected to make landfall on Saturday and Hurricane Florence, which continues to devastate communities on the east coast of the US.

From left, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen talk during a news conference at the Global Action Climate Summit Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in San Francisco.

The law has been hailed as a landmark legislation that signifies the state's protest against Trump's regressive policies against climate action.

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