California climate debate rages as Brown raises his profile

Evrard Martin
Juin 3, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO California Governor Jerry Brown said on Thursday he will discuss merging carbon trading markets in his state and China when he travels to Asia later this week, a sign of the governor's ambition to influence global climate change policy.Brown discussed his plans in a telephone interview after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he would exit the Paris worldwide climate accord.

The reaction to Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement has been swift, with world leaders, businesses, scientists, academics, and much of the population of the planet up in arms over the self-destructive choice.

Brown's remarks come a day before he heads to China to promote climate-reduction policies. China has launched seven pilot regional trading schemes and plans to roll out a nationwide market this year.

California's system, which is known as "cap and trade", is already linked to Canada's Quebec market.

The governor - who has become a leader in the fight against climate change - said that if Trump does pull the U.S. out of the agreement, it will "galvanize activists". "I am going to discuss that with the highest officials in China this week". Critics say that the USA exit from the Paris accord sets up China to take on a higher-profile global role.

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