President Trump’s decision Thursday to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris climate accord brought plaudits from Capitol Hill Republicans but scathing condemnation from around the world and the nation — while California Gov. Jerry Brown vowed an aggressive push to reduce carbon emissions with like-minded states.
Trump rebuffed intense personal pleas from European leaders and American corporate chieftains, including Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk and Apple CEO Tim Cook of California. He said leaving the Paris accord would save manufacturing and coal mining jobs in the United States, boasting that new mines were opening in Appalachia.
California “can be a model, a large-scale, proof-of-concept of how to be rich and sustainable at the same time and create good jobs for our citizens, but we can’t solve the climate problem on our own,” said Michael Wara, a professor of environmental law at Stanford University and a former climate scientist.
Dan Reicher, executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford, agreed, noting that the administration has already moved to dismantle climate policies aimed at meeting the Paris target.
“The federal government’s budget for clean energy vastly outstrips anything we can realistically expect states to come up with,” he said. “From a technological standpoint, the federal government is a difficult player to replace.”Read More