SACRAMENTO — Responding to news reports that President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw the United States from the historic Paris climate agreement, Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that Trump is “on the wrong side of history” and that he hoped the president’s stance on global warming would be short-lived.
“President Trump, he’s going off the reservation hopefully for a month, a year, not much longer,” Brown said. “If he stays on his present course California will just redouble its efforts and the people of the world will have to rise up and take action. And I think in a very paradoxical way, that’s exactly what Trump is stimulating — the very opposite of climate denial is climate activism.”
Brown spoke to the Bay Area News Group in advance of a week-long visit to China to solidify climate and clean energy partnerships between California and Chinese provinces — ties Brown is trying to forge with other states and provinces in the U.S. and Canada. He leaves Friday.
The governor went on a similar mission to China in 2013, but a lot has changed since then. The Paris agreement was signed in 2015, and Trump was elected last fall. Trump has claimed global warming was a hoax devised by the Chinese to gain unfair trade advantages.
And on the campaign trail Trump promised to break from the 195-nation climate because it would hurt the U.S. economy. On Wednesday, he tweeted that he would announce his decision soon, followed by his campaign slogan, “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”