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Jerry Brown one-ups Trump on climate change with G20 announcement


Challenging his global counterparts to fill the void left by President Donald Trump, Gov.

The 2018 climate summit in California will be timed to precede a round of United Nations climate negotiations, and according to the governor's office, it will mark the first time a USA state has hosted an global climate change conference with the direct goal of supporting the Paris Agreement.

Brown's summons, first reported by The New York Times, follows months of discussions between the governor and United Nations climate officials following the climate conference in Paris, which he attended. "If he stays on his present course, California will just redouble its efforts and the people of the world will have to rise up and take action".

"I think [Brown's] message was really important".

"It's brazen on several levels", from "stepping on the president's trip" to "thinking he speaks for the American people", said Bill Whalen, a longtime GOP strategist who is now a research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, The San Francisco summit is not likely to accomplish much, Whalen said, besides gathering people to "collectively thumb their nose at the American president".


Lutz Weischer, a climate campaigner for the advocacy group Germanwatch, said Brown's message "shows that it is not 'the United States that are withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, but only the USA federal government".

The summit, which will be held ahead of the 24th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 24), will mark the first time a US state has hosted an worldwide climate change conference with the direct goal of supporting the Paris Agreement.

"It's hard to grasp the mortal danger that climate change represents", Brown said in an interview with The Times. It will feature big-name music acts like Coldplay and Shakira, as well as leaders like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Argentina's President Mauricio Macri. In a statement on Thursday, Brown's office said California would convene representatives from subnational governments, businesses, investors and civil society at the summit.

Recently, Brown joined the leaders of Baden-Württemberg, Catalonia and South Australia in urging the G20 to reaffirm its support for carrying out the Paris accords, as well as to recognize the role of states, regions and cities in tackling the climate challenge.

"Since the decision of the U.S.to quit the Paris climate agreement, we are more determined than ever to make it successful", she said last week.

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