As President Trump announced the U.S. would leave the Paris climate accord, California’s political leaders quickly declared that the state would step up on the international stage.
“He’s wrong on the science,” said California Governor Jerry Brown in a statement. “Totally wrong. California will resist this misguided and insane course of action. Trump is AWOL but California is on the field, ready for battle.”
Governor Brown vowed to continue building his own international climate movement. Around 170 jurisdictions, including states, provinces and cities around the world have signed onto Brown’s Under2 MOU, which means they’ve agreed to cut emissions by 2050.
Governor Brown is heading to China next week to hold climate meetings with many of the signatories. He also announced an alliance today with the governors of Washington and New York, looking to convene states that are committed to upholding the Paris accord.
What will that agreement accomplish? And what does the U.S. exit from the Paris agreement mean for California’s climate policies? We asked Michael Wara, Associate Professor of Law at Stanford University.