Senate Leader: California Will Forge Ahead Despite Trump’s Disgraceful Paris Decision

Thursday, June 01, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D–Los Angeles) issued the following statement today in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the historic 2015 Paris Agreement:

“Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement confirms that Washington is retreating from being a global leader. Rather than stepping up to the existential challenge before us, Donald Trump is vacating the world stage at a time when American leadership is vital to the future of our planet and our children. He is proving he doesn’t have what it takes.

“California’s leadership is critical now more than ever. We are showing the way forward, and we’re sending a clear message to the rest of the world that no President, no matter how desperately they try to ignore reality, can halt our progress.

“The Senate just approved my measure, Senate Bill 100, which will put California on the path to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2045. It will completely eliminate fracking and fossil fuels from our electricity mix by 2045.

“California already has some of the most ambitious climate targets in the world, and our economy dwarfs all but a handful of nations.  This is our chance not just to lead the world in fighting climate change and cleaning the air we breathe, but to strengthen our middle class for decades to come with quality clean energy jobs that can support families and lift communities across our state.

"This is how we win the future, and – whether Donald Trump, Scott Pruitt, or Rick Perry like it or not – this is how we keep America’s economy growing and thriving.”

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