Tuesday, June 6, 2017

China and California step up on planetary health

Floating solar farm
A Sungrow worker wiring floating solar panels
on a lake created by the collapse
of abandoned coal mines in Liulong, China.

China Looks to Capitalize on Clean Energy as U.S. Retreats. China, which has a considerable hold on solar and wind businesses, wants to use its technological expertise to help other countries meet their climate goals.

That gets Scriber’s “I told you so” award.

Clean energy meeting
CA Gov. Brown meets with China Pres. Xi Jinping

Just five days after the U.S. announced it would withdraw from the Paris climate deal, China’s president discussed climate change with an American official in Beijing.

Not, apparently, the energy secretary Rick Perry, who was attending a clean energy gathering, but another attendee: Gov. Jerry Brown of California, who has vowed to unleash a “countermovement” against President Trump’s environmental policies.

Get more details at Xi Jinping and Jerry Brown of California Meet to Discuss Climate Change.

Mr. Xi and Mr. Brown spent 45 minutes discussing ideas that Mr. Trump has treated skeptically, including efforts to reduce carbon emissions and promote alternative energy.

“It’s highly significant that the governor of California can meet with the president of China, talking about very specific issues on the foremost challenge of our time — namely, climate change,” Mr. Brown told reporters after the meeting, which took place at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

It is unusual for Mr. Xi to meet with governor-level officials from other countries. His meeting with Mr. Brown was covered extensively by the government-controlled news media and featured as one of the top stories on evening news programs.

More Scriber awards: Brown and Xi share Scriber’s MEGA award, Make Earth Great Again and Rick Perry, US Energy Secretary, got his 45th Molly Ivins Governor Goodhair award.

Quote with one comment: “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” Brown and the many mayors and corporate CEOs are doing just that.

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