Jerry Brown promises to fight Donald Trump over climate change

Gov. Jerry Brown directly challenged the incoming Trump administration on climate change Wednesday, promising that California will fight any attempt to roll back progress on the environment, including possibly launching its “own damn satellite” to track global warming. Not only is California the world’s sixth-largest economy, we’ve got the scientists, we’ve got the universities, we’ve got the national labs and we have the political clout for the battle. Brown said that if Trump attempts to “mess” with research at the University of California labs like the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is funded by the Department of Energy, “I’m going to say ‘Keep your hands off.’” Scientists attending the conference this week said they are terrified not only by Trump’s rhetoric on climate change, but by some of the early moves by his transition team. Trump has erroneously called climate change a “hoax” propagated by China to make American manufacturing less competitive and said “nobody really knows” whether it is real. Trump transition staff members have asked the Department of Energy for the names of anyone who has worked on climate change there — the department responded by saying it will not release any names. Trump nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, even though Pruitt sued the agency to stop emission curbing regulations. A senior Trump campaign adviser suggested eliminating funding for NASA’s climate research program, including for a satellite program that has been gathering information on how the Earth’s atmosphere is changing. Brown pointed out that California signed on to a memorandum of understanding with more than 200 countries, states and regions, called the Under 2 MOU, to limit greenhouse gases to 2 metric tons per capita annually. Brown’s 14-minute address Wednesday was part rallying cry for climate scientists to continue to be fearless “truth-tellers” and “the foot soldiers of change and understanding” in this “post-fact” era. Brown said that when he signed a measure reducing methane gas emissions, Breitbart and the other clowns talked about ‘cow farts.’ The Texan made several high-profile trips west while he was governor of oil-industry dependent Texas to try to poach jobs from California, the hub of renewable energy. […] scientists working for government agencies like the Department of Energy or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration already fear that even their research data may be corrupted or destroyed in a new administration. Jewell, 60, has been an oil industry engineer, and before she joined the Obama administration she was CEO of REI, the billion-dollar recreation equipment retailer cooperative. “The public’s investment in your work is critical,” she told the scientists as she reminded them that even a hostile new administration must recognize that ongoing research in every field is crucial to industry and agriculture.