California to launch its own climate satellite in response to Trump

Cristina Cross
September 17, 2018

The criticism of Brown is not new and reached a crescendo in 2017 as he negotiated with some of California's largest oil producers during efforts to extend the state's cap-and-trade climate program.

The Democratic governor announced the project at a climate change summit in he organized.

California's state government will work with a company called Planet Labs to build and launch a climate change research satellite capable of tracking the sources of pollution, California Gov.

Brown did not say when the satellite would be ready or how much it might cost.

The climate issue, though a very big problem, "can become salvation if we open our hearts and minds to both the threat and all the different initiatives and solutions we have to embrace", the governor said at the opening ceremony of the China Pavilion ahead of the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit scheduled for Thursday here.

"This bill and the executive order put California on a path to meet the goals of Paris and beyond", said Governor Brown.

Brown foreshadowed the announcement in a December 2016 speech to the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco a month after Trump's election.

NAZCA was launched by the Peruvian Presidency of the UN Climate Change Conference COP20, alongside the Lima Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) in 2014.

"If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite", Brown said at the time to cheers and applause from the geophysicists. "We're at the basecamp of Mount Everest and we're looking up to say, 'There's where we've got to go.' It's about that hard".

Chicago columnist Mike Royko gave the Moonbeam moniker in 1976, saying that appeared to be attracting "the moonbeam vote".

"Everywhere you look there's a challenge", Brown said.

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Calls for help kept coming in as the wind picked up and the tide arrived, said city public information officer Colleen Roberts. The Wilmington airport had a wind gust clocked at 105 miles per hour (169 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958.

The name stuck for decades, even after Royko, who died in 1997, apologized and tried to retract it.

Scientists have said climate change will likely increase the intensity and frequency of such extreme weather and bring about more natural disasters.

US President Donald Trump was furious to learn, courtesy the Sept 5 op-ed in The New York Times, that a force of resistance exists within his administration where some officials have vowed to thwart part of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

Trump announced a year ago that he was withdrawing from the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord. The 195 countries that signed the treaty agreed to commit resources to combatting climate change.

"The top-five economy in the world, and also so many states, they continue to follow the Paris agreement", Zhou said.

His comments came a day after Trump blasted Kerry on Twitter for meeting with high-level members of the Iranian government.

Gore, a Democrat, also criticized Trump for denying the death toll from last year's hurricane in Puerto Rico was almost 3,000 people.

"That is the most ambitious goal of anywhere in the world", he told AFP.

James Brainard, Republican mayor of Carmel, Indiana, listed a number of Republican presidents and their environmental accomplishments, including President Nixon's creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

A partnership between China and the United States paved the way for the Paris agreement under President Obama. It serves to advance California's Renewable Portfolio Standard, a piece of legislation that mandates the state be powered by 50 percent renewables by 2025 and 60 percent by 2030. "Great countries honor their global agreements".

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