CALIFORNIA AND NEW YORK TO LEAD STRUGGLE AGAINST CLIMATE DESPITE TRUMP'S HOSTILITY

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14 november 2016

States say they 'are not going to be stopped' by Trump

Benjamin Storrow, E&E reporter
Published: Monday, November 14, 2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) declared that the election of Donald Trump as president will not stop him from confronting "the existential threat of our time — devastating climate change." Energy analysts say states like California and New York will be where climate action may thrive in the absence of federal policy.
Correction appended.

State climate leaders are striking a defiant note following the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, pledging to redouble their efforts to combat climate change even as they prepare for a rollback in federal efforts.

In California, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown promised to "confront the existential threat of our time — devastating climate change." New York's state energy czar said Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration remains committed to greening the Empire State's power grid. And in Massachusetts, leading legislators said the Bay State would continue to blaze a path on renewables and climate mitigation, regardless of who occupies the White House.

The proclamations mark a sudden and important shift in U.S. climate policy: While American climate targets were once set in Washington, D.C., greens will now turn to leaders in capitals like Sacramento, Calif., and Albany, N.Y., to cut emissions and deploy renewables. They also laid bare the challenges and opportunities facing climate hawks as they prepare for Republicans to assume control of the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court.

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