CA looms large in Paris climate talks

Global WarmingCalifornia was poised to take center stage at the global climate talks hosted later this month in Paris.

“Gov. Jerry Brown plans to lead a delegation of eight lawmakers, including Eduardo Garcia, one of the Coachella Valley’s representatives in the State Assembly,” the Desert Sun observed. “They’ll be joined by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer, and many other environmental advocates who want to see world leaders draw inspiration from California.”

Among official delegates set to join him on the trip, the Los Angeles Times reported, Brown brought together Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, and Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, her replacement in the next legislative term.

For the governor, the talks represent an opportunity to shift away from haggling with legislators — many in his own party — and toward more expansive conversations with closer allies. “Brown has been working to widen an international pact among cities, states and provinces pledging strict limits on greenhouse gas emissions,” the Times noted. “The agreement, initiated by California and the German state of Baden-Württemberg earlier this year, now has more than 50 participants representing more than 500 million people.”

Commitment and criticism

To cement the deal, however, Brown has been obliged to do some retail politics of his own. For the past year, as KQED has noted, an international tour took Brown from the U.N. to the Vatican, landing him in meetings with Chinese, Indian, Canadian and European officials.

Jerry BrownTouting his achievement, Brown recently drew attention to the significance of his multiregional deal. The total economic size of the included areas, according to KQED, has surpassed the Gross Domestic Product of the United States as a whole. “Parties commit to either reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 to 95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 or achieve a per capita annual emission target of less than 2 metric tons by 2050,” according to the pact’s terms; “regional governments have agreed to cut their emissions 80 percent or more by 2050.”

But Brown has faced his share of criticism from environmentalists further to his left. Activists, the Huffington Post reported, are demanding he “take a stand against hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, in the Golden State. Brown, who is one of the nation’s leading environmental advocates, has faced criticism for years for not opposing fracking,” saying a ban “doesn’t make a lot of sense.” Critics have launched a statewide ad campaign designed to pressure the governor. In it, according to the Huffington Post, community activists, artists and comedians are featured making a plea for Brown to crack down on the practice.

Talking terrorism

Although the climate conference had attracted major attention from the outset, its profile has increased dramatically in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks inflicted on the city of Paris. French president Francois Hollande has overseen a curtailment of the massive program planned for the event, designed to reduce public risk while ensuring attendees could still convey an attitude of unbowed defiance.

In the face of the attacks, the Obama administration expressed its resolve in attending. The president has depicted climate change as a paramount threat to national security. “Impacts of climate change on public welfare also include threats to social and ecosystem services,” asserted the Clean Power Plan, a new set of emissions regulations promulgated under EPA administrator Gina McCarthy. “[T]hese impacts are global and may exacerbate problems outside the U.S. that raise humanitarian, trade and national security issues for the U.S.”

Meanwhile, although Brown’s attendance was not jeopardized by the terror attacks, details of the California delegation’s visit may be tweaked. “It’s unclear whether that would affect any plans for California’s presence,” the Times reported separately. Gary Gero, president of the nonprofit Climate Action Reserve helping organize Brown’s delegation, told the Times officials were “still assessing and haven’t made any decisions yet what changes may be necessary.”

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  1. Ronald
    Ronald 20 November, 2015, 10:42

    There are three concerns with solar and wind energy renewables; 1) they both provide on-and-off intermittent power to the electric grid, and 2) there is no evidence that solar and wind can provide the cheap, plentiful reliable energy to the electric grid on a 24/7 basis that our standard of living requires, and 3) most importantly, neither solar or wind can provide the oil or the oil by-products that every industry and infrastructure relies upon for their existence.

    Solar and wind alternatives ONLY provide electric power to the grid, but we have yet to identify a renewable to replace the chemicals and by-products that only come from crude oil.

    Virtually all products that citizens see, touch, and use in their daily lives are derived from the benefits of our use of one or more of the fossil fuels; crude oil, coal, natural gas, and the products manufactured from crude oil.

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  2. Skep41
    Skep41 20 November, 2015, 12:53

    When are the dolts who live in this state going to think about what an 80% reduction of C02 from 1990 levels is going to do to their lifestyles? It is guaranteed poverty for everyone except billionaires and government officials. Everyone. If these Climate Clowns think that the Chinese and Indians are going to leap into total economic ruin for this fraudulent nonsense they are sadly mistaken. even a total moron like Brown realizes that extraction taxes from tracking have saved this state from bankruptcy and isn’t about to stop it. When the Green Maniacs tried to pass a bill to take half the gasoline off the market even the Gov backed down and gutted it. There is going to be a moment of truth where even people doltish enough to vote Democrat are going to realize what these Social Fascists are trying to use this fraud for.

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  3. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 20 November, 2015, 15:10

    The hot air in paris going to be even more hotter and the hypocracy you can cut with a knife

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    • ricky65
      ricky65 21 November, 2015, 08:56

      A gathering of most all of the world’s idiots and mini-tyrants all in one place in a known center of world terrorism.
      Hmmm- very tempting to make a cruel comment about juicy terror targets but even these dolts don’t deserve that.
      Instead, a nice Thanksgiving to all!

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  4. Queeg
    Queeg 20 November, 2015, 18:08

    Comrades

    Local plutocrats find lukewarm acceptance…..now reach out to the enlightened wordly……

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  5. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 21 November, 2015, 06:51

    Brown must be one the planet’s most profligate hypocrites and liars. Having just completed an exhaustive geotechnical survey for oil and gas resources on his 2,700 ranch in northern California, at taxpayer expense, he now crisscrosses the globe in the ‘fight against climate change’. If you believe a word he says you are an utter fool! Fortunately for the global climate, no oil or gas were found on Governor Brown’s enormous private landholdings, but rest assured, if they had been found the rigs would be feverishly drilling, blasting and fracking right now! Nothing gets between the brownclown and his money, or his hypocrisy!

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  6. desmond
    desmond 21 November, 2015, 14:32

    He is creepy. I never see that he mingled with lower income, only the swanky community organizer types, never holds a baby. He is very distant, very creepy.He looks like an alien.
    He is a frightening figure, with his message of global weather disasters. 100 years from now,he will be characterized as pompous fool overwhelmed by arrogance, a symbol of hubris, a joke, a jerk, a real asshole for the ages. Amen.

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  7. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 22 November, 2015, 07:47

    How many hollyweird celeberties will be there? like John Travolta arriving in his 707 what about Luarie David,Sting,Robert Redford,Leonardo DeCaprio Etc and will Al Gore,David Suzuki and Robert Kennedy Jr be there as well as the various eco-freak groups(Greenpeace,WWF,Etc)also arive

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  8. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 25 November, 2015, 06:59

    Oh yeah Babs and her squardron of airplanes as well as all those limos plus all the electricity and and the water(For driking and using the john)and all the paparazi and the big news covorage

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  9. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 28 November, 2015, 08:21

    Robert Kennedy Jr WWWAAAHH,WWAAHH,WWAHH

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