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California Seeks To Shape International Climate Policies

California Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his 2017-2018 state budget plan he rele...

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Above: California Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his 2017-2018 state budget plan he released at a news conference in Sacramento, California, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.

California Seeks To Shape International Climate Policies


Coral Davenport, energy and environment reporter, The New York Times


California has led the nation for years in climate action policies. Now, it may be trying to lead the world.

As President Donald Trump's administration moves to reverse U.S. pollution policies, such as the Clean Power Plan, California is moving forward with international agreements on to reduce carbon emissions. Governor Jerry Brown is heading to China next month to meet with climate leaders there as China looks to emulate California's cap-and-trade system.

"California is emerging as the nation’s de facto negotiator with the world on the environment," The New York Times environment reporter Coral Davenport wrote. "The state is pushing back on everything from White House efforts to roll back pollution rules on tailpipes and smokestacks, to plans to withdraw or weaken the United States’ commitments under the Paris climate change accord. In the process, California is not only fighting to protect its legacy of sweeping environmental protection, but also holding itself out as a model to other states — and to nations — on how to fight climate change."

But Trump officials are ready to combat California's plans, with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt criticizing Brown as an aggressor seeking to impose California energy rules on the rest of the country.

Davenport joins KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday with more on how California is trying to influence international climate agreements.

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