China and California sign deal to work onclimate change without Trump
China and California have signed anagreement to work together on reducing emissions, as the state’s governorwarned that “disaster still looms” without urgent action on climate change.
The governor of California, Jerry Brown,spoke to reporters at an international clean energy conference in Beijing aboutDonald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris agreement, saying itwould ultimately prove to be only a temporary setback.
“Nobody can stay on the sidelines. We can’t afford any dropouts inthe tremendous human challenge to make the transition to a sustainable future,”Brown said. “Disaster still looms and we’ve got to make the turn.”
Brown later held a closed-door meeting withthe Chinese president, Xi Jinping, during which the two pledged to expand tradebetween California and China with an emphasis on so-called green technologiesthat could help address climate change, Brown said. Trump’s announcement lastweek that he wanted to pull out of the Paris accord did not come up, accordingto the governor.
“Xi spoke in very positive terms,” Brown told reporters after the meeting. “I don’t think there’s any desire to get into verbal battles withPresident Trump.”