California governor asks China to mount it green
After President’s Trump walk out of Paris Climate deal Governor California Jerry Brown, one of the critics of trump way to China to sign climate deals there. China has sustained the deal after US pulls out of treaty.
China gives warm welcome to California Governor and opposition Democrat brushed-off US Energy Secretary Ricky Perry by signaling that China is happy to bypass Washington to make that happen.
Willy Lam, an expert on politics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong said that I think the message is that irrespective of the decision of Donald Trump, China is willing to work with individual states and cities in the United State.
Brown and Perry arrived in Beijing for a ministerial-level clean energy meeting just days after Trump’s shock announcement. While Perry maintained a relatively low profile during his visit, Brown, who had described Trump’s move as insane, went on a public relations offensive as he sought to fill the vacuum left by the US leader in the climate change fight.
Governor California said that we are losing ground. We are not moving at the pace needed to prevent catastrophe.
Brown used several public appearances in Beijing to drum up Chinese support for California’s aggressive efforts to curb climate-warming carbon emissions including face-to-face talks with Xi in the Great Hall of the People, a venue normally reserved for meetings with visiting heads of state.
By the end of a week-long tour Brown said he had secured several preliminary agreements relating to clean energy and the establishment of a China-California climate institute at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
“Chinese officials have made it clear they want to work with the American state and beyond”, Brown said.
He further added China is a “major economic engine that is investing in the low-carbon economy and California is doing things that are similar, on a smaller level of course.
Xie Zhenhua China’s top climate negotiator told a forum attended by Brown said that California has a lot of experience that is beneficial to the rest of us.
“We will not only continue to strengthen cooperation with California, but also strengthen concrete cooperation with other US states, cities, enterprises and scientific research institutions in fields including clean energy.”
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