It was just past noon on the West Coast Thursday when President Trump announced that the United States would pull out of the Paris Climate Accord.
In California, the response from lawmakers was swift:
Governor Jerry Brown, along with governors from Washinton state and New York announced that they would create a climate alliance.
Eric Garcetti and a league of mayors publicly vowed to uphold standards set by the Paris Climate Accord.
On Wednesday, just before Trump's announcement, the California Senate passed legislation that would require the state to get its energy from entirely renewable sources by the year 2045.
Is Governor Jerry Brown now the nation's de facto climate change president?
- Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, professor of public policy at USC
- Carla Marinucci, senior editor for Politico's California Playbook
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