Gov. Jerry Brown has been getting the royal treatment on his trip through Europe for climate talks, or at least the kind of multi-layered protocol generally reserved for heads of state. Not the head of a state.
Brown began his Tuesday in Brussels at a joint meeting of the European Parliament, where he pitched an idea he’s previously lobbied for: linking the European carbon-trading market with California’s. The Canadian province of Quebec already participates in the California system and will soon be joined by Ontario.
He ended the day amid grandeur in Stuttgart, where he met with the Minister-President of Baden-Wurttemberg, Winfried Kretschmann. The two conferred privately, then made remarks in a marbled hall in the New Palace, a gilded, heavily carved government edifice that was rebuilt after being bombed during WWII.
The talks here underscore Brown’s effort to craft climate-change policies “from the bottom up,” an effort that led to the creation of his Under2 Coalition in 2015. Members of the group, which now includes 190 regional, state and local governments, have pledged to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
Kretschmann remarked that such agreements become more critical “in a time when we are receiving controversial and conflicting climate signals in Washington.” Read More
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That vacuum you feel? It’s the air being let out of Sacramento: Gov. Brown and a group of legislators are on a two-week trip to Europe, talking about all things climate change and selling the world on California’s approach to greenhouse-gas reduction.
Brown began his trip in Rome, at the Vatican, with a keynote speech at a symposium hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. After that he heads to the U.N. climate change conference in Bonn, Germany, with a hectic, if-it’s-Tuesday-it-must-be-Belgium pace. CALmatters is on the trip, too, and will bring it all to you.
Here’s the rest of the itinerary:Brussels, where Brown will speak at a joint conference of the European Parliament and the European Commission. Stuttgart, to address the Parliament of the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg. Back to Brussels and the European Parliament, meeting with a committee responsible for climate policy and other officials. Finally, Brown participates in a moderated discussion of renewable energy and climate action hosted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. On to Oslo, for a meeting with the Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment and a group of international scientists From Nov. 11 to 14, the governor will be in Bonn attending events related to the U.N. conference.
Watch this space!
Follow this blog for updates from CALmatters reporter Julie Cart as Gov. Jerry Brown travels Europe to meet with leaders about climate change.