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Gov. Jerry Brown will convene “Climate Summit” in San Francisco

Gov. Jerry Brown will convene “Climate Summit” in San Francisco

“President of the Left Coast”

As President Donald Trump continues his second international trip this week, it appears G20 climate change proponents are faltering at their attempts to isolate him after the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord.

“Huge efforts are underway now to make sure as many countries as possible hold the line and compensate for America’s withdrawal by redoubling their efforts. How far this goes, I have my doubts,” said Dennis Snower, president of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, a leading German think tank advising the European Commission ahead of the summit meeting.

“It doesn’t look good,” Mr. Snower said. “It does not look like we are going to have 19 countries and the United States against.”

While the President is away, California Governor Jerry Brown has taken it upon himself to resurrect the accord. He plans to convene a climate conference next year, his latest action to position the state as a leader in battling global warming.

Gov. Jerry Brown of California on Thursday reinforced his reputation as America’s de facto leader on climate change, announcing to cheering crowds in Hamburg, Germany that his state would gather leaders from around the world for a global warming summit next year.

Speaking by video conference to the Global Citizens Festival in Hamburg, where President Donald Trump is joining other world leaders for the Group of 20 economic summit, Governor Brown said the president “doesn’t speak for the rest of America” in pulling out of the Paris agreement on climate change.

“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. That is why we’re having the Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, September 2018,” Governor Brown told the crowd.

“Yes, I know President Trump is trying to get out of the Paris agreement, but he doesn’t speak for the rest of America,” he said.

A full list of attendees hasn’t been released, and there is no indication that any foreign presidents or prime ministers plan to attend. But there will be bands!

This action is clearly part of Brown’s attempt to legacy build before he is term-limited out of the highest political office he is apt to achieve.

Yet, back in Sacramento, Brown is struggling to reauthorize California’s cap-and-trade program, the cornerstone of the state’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Brown’s lawyers say extending cap and trade, which generates $2 billion a year, requires a two-thirds vote in the Legislature. Democrats hold two-thirds majorities in both houses. But after voting for a $5.2 billion-a-year increase in gasoline taxes and vehicle fees in April to pay for road repairs, Democrats aren’t anxious to approve another measure that would raise pump prices again.

Part of the problem for Brown is that the cap-and-trade program is not working as advertised.

February’s quarterly auction of carbon dioxide emission allowances under California’s cap and trade program was another financial washout for the state.

Results for last week’s auction were posted Wednesday morning, revealing that just 16.5 percent of the 74.8 million metric tons of emission allowances were sold at the floor price of $13.57 per ton.

Despite the negative impact of forcing Californians to comply with regulations based on bad science and worse economics, Brown will likely persist…on acting as if he is the President of the Left Coast.


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The arrogance is deafening.

Mr Brown, President Trump DOES speak for ALL of America

Please President Trump, schlong his sedacious a$$ !

pilgrim1949 | July 7, 2017 at 8:43 am

“This action is clearly part of Brown’s attempt to legacy build before he is term-limited out of the highest political office he is apt to achieve.”

That one statement summarizes Gov. Moonbeam’s entire political career — gimme a legacy, please, that will outlast and overshadow the sum total of my other political train wrecks (pun intended), please, please, please!!!

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to pilgrim1949. | July 7, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Methinks his only “LEGacy” will be the state’s Largest Dance Floor – directly over his grave……..

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.

I dunno, the Forces of Carbonization are a persistent bunch.

And they all drive SUVs.

    Tom Servo in reply to rinardman. | July 7, 2017 at 9:08 am

    The Forces of Carbonization tried to commandeer my grill and burn my steak last night, but my ever present vigilance defeated them. This time.

their main guy Michael Mann may go to jail, has refused to produce his data (it doesn’t exist), lied to the court. This is absolutely DELUSIONAL.

    Valerie in reply to sdharms. | July 7, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Speaking strictly as someone who has worked with a whole bunch of Phd researchers, there is no such thing as a scientist who loses his original data.

    Further, when a proper research paper is published, it is possible to re-calculate many original data points directly from the paper itself. It that cannot be done, the paper invalid.

    “The dog ate my homework” is strictly for children and frauds.

This is really hilarious – it’s analagous to 170 people all agreeing to have a great big party, and then choosing Uncle Sugar to pay for it all.

What a surprise that Uncle Sugar turned down the invitation. Now the wanna-be party goers are all saying “we’re still going to have the party, we will!!” and just slowly realizing that oh, we really did need a patsy to pay for it all, didn’t we?”

This is what I love when the Euro’s say “Well too bad, that means that China is now going to take “leadership”.” Really, Merkel? You really believe that China is going to toss billions and billions of Renminbi into the bottomless pit of “climate change”?Here’s a newsflash – China has been in on the deal so far for the same reason everyone else has – for what they can get out of it, not for what they can put into it.

The instant you start asking them for cash is the instant the entire rotten scheme collapses.

His legacy will be that people with good sense will remember him as the useless douchebag that he is.

the cap-and-trade program is not working as advertised

But it is working as designed. It makes California money by selling something which basically doesn’t exist. It’s like a wholesale distribution system for magic beans, or fashionable (albeit invisible) clothing for emperors. Free money, the Holy Grail of any economy, and not as destructive as just printing more (a.k.a. “quantitative easing”).

It’s effectively just another tax.

I am looking forward to all of the participants bicycling in and consuming only locally-grown, low-water kale for their meals.

Of course, they won’t just SKYPE in for the conference.
They will make tonnes of carbon whilest spending other peoples’ money.

    4th armored div in reply to Neo. | July 7, 2017 at 10:18 am

    perhaps the FBI can attend and arrest Jerry the Pretender for violating the LOGAN ACT.

      Milhouse in reply to 4th armored div. | July 7, 2017 at 11:35 am

      Once again:
      (1) He’s not violating it
      (2) In any case it’s so blatantly unconstitutional that no prosecutor has ever dared charge anyone with it, because everyone has always known that the moment any court officially found out Congress had purported to make such a “law” it would toss it out.

Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming is real and it’s renewable as in perpetual, green as in profitable, and a second-order cause of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Immigration Reform.

As the “conference” begins Trump should send in Federal Marshals with a warrant to arrest Brown for violating the Logan act.

Watching the lefty exploding heads would be fun, but I suspect the conference will never get off the ground.

    Milhouse in reply to RodFC. | July 7, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Sigh. Why do you suppose it is that nobody has ever been charged under this ridiculous pretense of a law?

Isn’t China and India going to take the lead on climate change? Of course they are allowed to pollute as much as they want, but Merkel and the Europeans can make greater cuts in their industries and pay the Chinese and Indians billions to make amends.

I will make this bold prediction. The same countries that will meet their respective, goals, duties and requirements under the Paris Accord will be the exact same countries that met their goals, duties and requirements under the predecessor Kyoto protocol.

Governor Moonbeam’s legacy was solidly cemented as the agent of change he would bring as mayor of Oakland touting the strict Jesuit education he received as the model for Oakland schools.

His legacy is further burnished by his “drain the Delta” twin tunnel project is facing ever increasing opposition and ridicule from all sides of the political spectrum.

These achievements pale in significance to his legacy of bringing high speed rail to California. The overwhelming success of this mostly unfunded project will be upon final completion in fifty years a showcase of the marvels of 1970s rail technology at ten times the cost.

He is quickly running out of platforms from which he can speak and remain relevant. Soon he will be just another Willie Brown writing for the Sunday edition of the SF Chronicle a weekly “political” column which is nothing more than a few anecdotes, political celebrity gossip, and some movie reviews because he will have plenty of time to kill sitting in the theater with his pal Willie.

King Jerry shall by decree…
Like the Sanctuary State thing?
How long before we have to re-take the State?
Unfortunantly, we will be saddled with a bunch of debt.
Aw heck, default, it wasn’t the US.