Governor Jerry Brown heads to China soon to work on new climate partnerships with more urgency after President Trump's decision to pull the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.
The Governor said during a sit down interview with KFBK's Ryan Harris that California can not go it alone, so he believes the state needs partners like China, which Brown said has already surpassed the U.S. in production of solar and wind energy equipment. "This could happen with batteries and electric cars," Brown said. "I want California to be right at the forefront not, you know, on the caboose as the train runs in the other direction."
Brown said California is on the move with the "new economy" in what he says will be a "de-carbonized" future. "Dollars and cents, jobs, economics, and Trump is making a brief detour back to the Stone Age," according to Brown. "We're not going there. Europe is not going there. China is not going there. The rest of the world is closer to California than it is to Washington."
Brown said his top goal on his week-long visit to China is to build environmental and economic alliances with that nation and its provinces.