Xi Jinping, Jerry Brown pledge action on climate change

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Xi Jinping, Jerry Brown pledge action on climate change
Xi Jinping, Jerry Brown pledge action on climate change

California Gov. Jerry Brown met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Tuesday, where the two leaders discussed their forward-looking agenda against climate change in light of President Donald Trump’s new pledge to withdraw from an international pact.

“California is the leading economic state in America and we are also the pioneering state on clean technology, cap and trade, electric vehicles and batteries, but we can’t do it alone,” Gov. Brown said during a meeting with President Xi.

According to the Governor’s Office, the agreement will focus on cooperation in developing low-carbon, energy efficient, and renewable technologies. The two will also work together to curb greenhouse gas emission and on air pollution reduction programs.

“I have proposed that California will cut its greenhouse gases 40 percent below 1990 levels and that we’ll have 50 percent of our electricity from renewables. To keep that goal, we need a very close partnership with China – with your businesses, with your provinces, with your universities,” the governor continued.

Wednesday, Gov. Brown is scheduled to cohost the Under2 Clean Energy Forum, which sees members of the Under2 Coalition meet to discuss avenues in curbing climate change and green economies.

The coalition is an international pact between cities, states, and countries working to lower to global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celcius, or 35.6 degrees Fahrenheit, which the group says is considered “the level of potentially catastrophic consequences.”

The meetings come a week after Gov. Brown announced a partnership with the governors of New York and Washington state to adhere to the Paris climate agreement, following President Trump’s move to pull the U.S. out of the accord.

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