Once again, Governor Jerry Brown of California has taken rebellion to a whole new level. Many liberals weren’t happy with President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate agreement, however, none of them had resorted to outright defiance, until Brown got on a plane to China.
“I’m on the side of the angels. I’m going to do everything I can, and people are going to join with me,” Brown waxed poetically when describing his trip. He has been wrapped up in recruiting for his sub-national climate pact for two years. The president’s choice pushed his timeline forward and he took off running to the East.
Once there, he ultimately met with Chinese President Xi Jinping for approximately 45 minutes. The governor’s office is reporting a new agreement was signed during that time. Governor Brown is restricted by his position and can only represent the interests of his state. Reports say that the “agreement does not bind either China or California to specific greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.”
But Brown is not going to lose his chance in the spotlight. He has been shunned before while trying to barge in on matters above his station as governor. In 2015 he flew to Paris to participate in the climate discussions taking place. President Trump has since rejected the agreements that came from those talks.
The governor’s office released the following statement about the “agreement” with China;
“Specifically, the agreement expands cooperation on the advancement of low-carbon, renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies such as zero-emission vehicles, energy storage, grid modernization and low-carbon urban development. Under the agreement, California and China will also deepen their partnership and coordination on greenhouse gas emission and air pollution reduction programs, including emissions trading systems and carbon capture.”
Since this “vital” deal affects only California, the federal government is unlikely to intervene unless it somehow contradicts American laws. Citizens of the bankrupt state should probably be concerned however. Brown has been unable or unwilling to find money for schools, infrastructure, or any other important matter. His climate change agenda will probably jump to the front of the line now, right alongside illegal immigrants and higher gas prices.