Friday, December 16, 2016

"California will launch its own damn satellite."

"California Gov. Jerry Brown vowed the state will fight any retreat from policies to combat climate change, telling a scientific gathering here that the nation’s most populous state will preserve efforts to curb emissions widely believed a cause of global warming.
"'We’ve got the scientists, we’ve got the lawyers and we’re ready to fight,' the Democratic governor said in a thundering voice to thousands of scientists attending the American Geophysical Union fall meeting. 'And we will persevere, have no doubt about that.'" ...
"'If Trump turns off the satellites,' Mr. Brown said, 'California will launch its own damn satellite. We’re going to collect that data.'" -- Wall Street Journal, December 14, 2016
California Governor Jerry Brown
from the WSJ article
The Wall Street Journal and several other news sources reported on Jerry Brown's fighting stance that California will not give in to attacks on science by the incoming administration. Both the new administration's policies and its appointees appear ready to disrupt current efforts to study climate change and have promised serious attacks on efforts to prevent or slow climate change. WSJ writer Jim Carlton continued:
"Mr. Trump, who has called climate change a hoax, has said he would withdraw President Barack Obama’s climate rule cutting power-plant carbon emissions, and has picked climate skeptics to head the Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Department."
In the Atlantic, writer James Fallows writes that Brown's speech was
"...a rousing call-to-battle against the environmental backward-movement and larger disdain for fact of the coming era, from a person who as he nears age 80 has struck a distinctive Happy Warrior tone of resistance. Happy, in its confidence. Warrior, in its resoluteness."
In the Sacramento Bee, writer Christopher Cadelago quoted the governor as saying to the scientists:
"'Keep it up.' ...  'Don’t flag. We’ve got a lot of work to do.' ...

"He reminded the scientists that he earned his nickname, Governor Moonbeam, in his first governorship for proposing that the state launch its own communications satellite, and even had an ex-astronaut on his payroll as a space adviser. 'I didn’t get that moniker for nothing.'"
The WSJ article, "California Governor Brown Challenges Trump on Climate Change," is subtitled: "Jerry Brown says the state will press ahead to fight global warming." The Atlantic article is titled "This Is What the Resistance Sounds Like." The Sacramento Bee article is titled: "Jerry Brown strikes defiant tone: ‘California will launch its own damn satellite’"

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