President Donald Trump was not a fan of the Paris climate agreement so, citing burdensome and unfair regulations, he withdrew the United States from it.
The United Nations describes the intention of the Paris climate accord as, “[bringing] all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects.”
Democrat Governor Jerry Brown countered the President’s decision when he addressed an international convention in Germany, per the Daily Caller:
Deriding Trump’s environmental policy as “like ‘Saturday Night Live,’ or a comedy program,” Brown suggested that the president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord was just “red meat” for the Trump base: “They chew on it, and feel good, but they represent no more than 35 to 40 percent.”
Although Brown has been designated by the UN as an environmental “special envoy,” he has been delegated no special powers to negotiate on behalf of the U.S. government.
USA Today reports Brown said the U.S. – or a majority of it – still agrees to the accord:
“First of all, it’s to say to the rest of the world that America is in — we’re in the Paris Accord. We have to keep the temperature below a 2-degree centigrade increase, and we’re going to do that not with the federal government, because the federal government is on holiday with respect to climate change.
But California, New York is in — also the states of Washington, Oregon, Virginia, New Jersey. And then in addition in the states, we have hundreds of cities. We have corporations and universities. We represent almost half of America.
So there is a large part of America — well over a majority — that is committed to serious climate action, because we know global warming is an existential threat.”
Brown also challenged comments Trump previously made about climate change:
“No, they can’t make up the difference. But instead of doing nothing, we’re doing something — pending a new president or pending a conversion experience on the part of Donald Trump, because his statement that he believes climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese government is so preposterous, it’s such a fairytale, that it’s hard to believe that he believes it. Maybe he’ll change his mind when other pressures come to bear.”
Brown then made a questionable appeal directly to American people:
“The people can vote for candidates who take climate change seriously. Number two, they can change their own behavior: in the cars they drive, or how often they walk, the meals, the way they cook, the technologies that they buy, even something as simple as lightbulbs. We can all do our part — but individually, it won’t be enough. We need collective leadership on the part of governments everywhere to really decarbonize the world. And that’s what I’m committed to seeing done.”
The Democrat did not make any references to himself running opposed to Trump in 2020.