California Defiant as President Trump Withdraws from Paris Climate Accord

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California governor Jerry Brown talks about new efforts to cope with climate change during a panel discussion at the 18th annual Milken Institute Global Conference on April 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images)

"Trump is AWOL but California is on the field, ready for battle." That's how California governor Jerry Brown responded to President Trump's announcement Thursday that the United States will pull out of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Governor Brown also announced Thursday that California, together with Washington and New York, will form the United States Climate Alliance, a coalition of states committed to upholding the Paris agreement and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We discuss what the U.S. withdrawal from the agreement will mean for California.

Guests:
Paul Rogers, managing editor, KQED's Science; environment writer, The Mercury News
Tom Steyer, businessperson and founder of NextGen Climate
Dr. Dan Kammen, professor of energy, UC Berkeley; science envoy for the State Department; director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at UC Berkeley

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