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California's governor, not Trump, meets with China over climate change

07 June 2017

India had signed the Paris Agreement, not due to pressure from any country, nor (out of) greed. It came in the immediate aftermath of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords.

Since Trump's announcement, many mayors and governors have been stepping forth to declare their continued commitment to fighting climate change.

He went on to say: "Green is not only gold, green is our future - China, California and America and the other countries of the world are all working for the prosperity of the people".

Prior to the meeting, Governor Brown also told Reuters he planned to discuss the potential for linking California's carbon trading market with China's emerging carbon market.

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Tuesday, during his trip to Beijing to attend a clean energy summit, Governor Jerry Brown signed an agreement with China to work together to reduce carbon emissions. Petersburg are governed by two mayors who are in the Paris Climate Accord camp.

In an open letter to the worldwide community, more than 1,000 people signed to agree that "We Are Still In...to provide the leadership necessary to meet our Paris commitment".

Trump said that by 2040, compliance with the commitments put into place through the accord would cost close to $3 trillion in lost gross domestic product and millions of jobs.

Brown signed similar agreements in the past several days with leaders in Jiangsu and Sichuan provinces, the report said.

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The home minister on Tuesday followed it up and said that the U.S. president's recent statement about the Paris agreement sent the message that the world community was not united in dealing with climate change.

California is one of 12 states that have joined hands under the United States Climate Alliance, which launched the day of Trump's Paris announcement and which has pledged to meet or exceed the targets for reducing emissions that the global climate agreement set in December 2015.

He accused the United States of, under the pretext of ensuring its own security, coercing other countries to sacrifice their ties with North Korea.

Undoing most existing US programs that curb auto pollution and other climate-changing emissions would probably take years and court battles if Trump tries, climate experts say. The landmark accord's 195 signatories, nearly every country in the world, are required to create national plans to scale back on greenhouse gas emissions.

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