In the aftermath of the disappointing US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, last week, Governors and Mayors across the US vowed to adhere to it and provided the proverbial silver lining to the cloud. On Tuesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown became the first of these leaders to sign an agreement with Chinese Science and Technology Minister Wan Gang calling for further collaboration on mitigating climate change on behalf of both countries. During his visit to the Clean Energy Conference on Beijing, Gov.Brown told that European countries and U.S. state governors would take a strong lead to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Gov. Brown further criticized the U.S. government’s decision to withdraw with dire warnings about the consequences of irresponsible energy policies.
Gov.Brown has signed similar agreements with leaders in Jiangsu and Sichuan provinces in China. In his second term, Gov.Brown is a beloved Democratic leader credited with creating a modern, liberal state. Under Gov.Brown, California has been at the forefront of the fight against climate change. California adopted an aggressive strategy to fight climate change as codified by Gov.Brown in his Climate Change Pillars with SB350. Under SB350 California aims to increase its electricity procurement from renewable energy to 33% by 2030 and 50% by 2050.In his State of the State speech to the California Legislature last year, Gov.Brown addressed major problems of the state including drought and rising temperatures.
“Incredibly–though last year was the hottest on record–there are still those who are in denial. The Paris climate agreement was a breakthrough and California was there leading the way. Over 100 states & provinces have now signed on to our Under 2 MOU. The goal is to bring per capita greenhouse gases down to two tons per person. This will take decades and vast innovation. But with SB 350, we’re on our way.”
Gov.Brown is also one of the members leading the US Climate Alliance comprised of states across America committed to meeting or exceeding the requirements of the Clean Power Plan initiated by President Obama.
Here’s hoping there’s more good news in store for the planet.