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Friday, June 9, 2017
As Trump Withdraws from Paris Climate Accord, California Vows 100 Percent Clean Energy by 2045
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Another world is possible! - Molly
From Democracy Now!:
As President Trump announced the United States will pull out
of the Paris climate agreement, California’s state Senate has passed
legislation to put the state on a path to 100 percent clean renewable energy by
the year 2045. California Governor Jerry Brown is in China to lead a conference
of states and other "subnational" actors making voluntary commitments
to cut greenhouse gas emissions. It is one of dozens of state and local
governments committing to fight climate change, and as the state with the
world’s sixth largest economy, California is often cited by analysts as a model
for its ambitious environmental policy. Nearly 200 U.S. mayors have also signed
on to an agreement to uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the
Paris Agreement. We are joined by Kevin de León, president pro tem of the
California state Senate.
end today’s show in California, where the state Senate just passed legislation
to put the state on a path to 100 percent clean renewable energy by the year
2045. California is just one of dozens of state and local governments
committing to fight climate change after President Trump announced Thursday the
country will pull out of the Paris climate agreement. This comes after the
environmental ministers of Canada and Mexico visited San Francisco in April to
sign a global pact that was drafted largely by California to lower
planet-warming greenhouse pollution.
200 U.S. mayors have signed on to an agreement to uphold the commitments to the
goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. As a state with the world’s sixth
largest economy, analysts often cite California as a model for its ambitious
For more, we’re going right to the state capital of California,
Sacramento, where we’re joined by Kevin de León, president pro tem of the
California state Senate.
Welcome back toDemocracy
Now!Talk first about
President Trump pulling out, pulling the U.S. out of the Paris accord, and then
what you’re doing about it.
good morning, Amy, and good morning, Nermeen.
I can say this. This is our reality. We’re not going to
allow one huge, potentially catastrophic decision by the president to reverse
generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity, our scientific
advancement, our economic output, as well as our sense of global
responsibility. We refuse to go back and recede. So we’re moving forward. We’re
forging ahead with 100 percent clean energy, Senate Bill 100. It’s the most
far-reaching, ambitious proposal of its kind in the nation, in the entire
We can’t retreat now, given the fact that the president
has demonstrated and shown to the world that he has actually served the climate
leadership mantle directly to the Chinese, and obviously the Chinese are more
than happy to assume the role to be the world leader when it comes to climate
energy. So we’re moving forward with 100 percent clean energy. We’ll generate
all of our energy from clean energy, renewable sources, whether it’s wind,
solar or geothermal. It’s a huge step forward. But we have no choice, and we
have to move forward, if in fact we’re going to continue to grow our economy.
One point I want to make especially is, this is not just
about the environment. This is about the economy, because we have created
upwards up to 500,000 new jobs in the clean energy space. And to put this in
context for all Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike, there are 10 times
more jobs in California in the clean energy space than there are in the coal
mining industry in all of America.