As President-elect Donald Trump assembles his incoming Cabinet a trend is appearing: a resistance to action on climate change. Now, California Gov. Jerry Brown has announced his state's readiness to fight the Trump administration on any plans to reverse climate change policies.
"We've got the scientists, we've got the lawyers and we're ready to fight," Brown told the American Geophysical Union on Dec. 14, reports the Los Angeles Times. He added that Trump’s policies amount to a "miasma of nonsense" on various important issues.
“We’re seeing an unprecedented amount of influence from the fossil fuel industry in Trump’s Cabinet,” Jeremy Symons of the Environmental Defense Fund said, notes The Guardian. “What’s missing from this Cabinet is the balance one would expect to bring the other side to the equation and it really leaves us wondering: Who is looking out for us? Clearly the oil companies are well attended, but who’s looking out for us?”
Beyond the president-elect’s repeated denial of global climate change’s legitimacy, the appointee for chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has stated the science on global warming is “far from settled.” “Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind,” Pruitt said.
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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Energy, campaigned to shut down the Department of Energy during his presidential bid in 2012, and stated that climate change is a theory at best.
But California's governor told the AGU crowd in San Francisco that his administration would not back down from a fight with the federal government, reports the Los Angeles Times.
"If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite," he said. He then touted the state’s commitment to renewable energy with a reference to Texas: "We've got more sun than you've got oil."