Resistance State: California in the Age of Trump
Between Sacramento and Washington D.C. sits the rest of the country, and a chasm. On immigration and taxes, guns and healthcare, cannabis and climate change, California is the federal government’s equal and opposite reaction. One year into President Trump’s first term, the push and pull continues—playing out under the Capitol dome, in the courts and on Twitter.
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Seldom missing an opportunity to upstage President Trump, Gov. Brown tonight will announce a global climate action summit, which he will lead in San Francisco in September of 2018.
With Trump in Europe—facing the ire of Western allies for announcing his intention to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord—Brown will beam a video message to the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, inviting “entrepreneurs, singers, musicians, mathematicians, professors” to the Bay Area conference.
“Look, it’s up to you and it’s up to me and tens of millions of other people to get it together to roll back the forces of carbonization and join together to combat the existential threat of climate change,” Brown says in the video. “Yes, I know President Trump is trying to get out of the Paris agreement, but he doesn’t speak for the rest of America. We in California and in states all across America believe it’s time to act.”
As it happens, Trump and the U.S. delegation are in Hamburg meeting with leaders of the G20 nations. Among other items on the agenda is the difficult work of hammering out language on unified policy toward global climate change, which the president has described as a hoax.
Brown’s brief video offered little detail about the fall conference, but he’s clearly signaled —frequently— that he will steer a singular path for California, making independent carbon-trading agreements with Canadian provinces and setting strict statewide greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Most recently, Brown was appointed a special advisor to the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Bonn, Germany in November.
A day after Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to the Trump administration’s request to beef up the National Guard in states along the Mexico border, fellow Democrat Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said he would not have made the same decision as governor.
But Newsom, who is the front-runner in the race to replace Brown as governor, put a large asterisk on his disagreement with Brown:
Brown announced Wednesday that he would accept federal funding to add 400 California National Guard members “to combat transnational crime.” But he laid out a long list of conditions in an agreement with federal authorities: The troops will not build a border wall or enforce immigration laws, and the arrangement is approved only until Sept. 30. Brown also specified that when it comes to the state’s National Guard, he is the “commander in chief.”
America’s Commander in Chief responded Thursday on Twitter: “Thank you Jerry, good move for the safety of our Country!”