California, China Sign Climate Deal, Sidestep Trump

With US President Donald Trump pulling the US out of the Paris climate accord, China and California signed an agreement to work together on reducing emissions, as the state’s governor warned that “disaster still looms” without urgent action.

California Governor Jerry Brown told AP at an international clean energy conference in Beijing that Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris agreement will ultimately only prove to be a temporary setback, ABC News reported.

Tuesday’s agreement between California and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology effectively sidestepped Trump’s move, bringing about alignment on an issue of rising global importance between the world’s second-largest economy—China—and California, whose economy is the largest of any US state and the sixth largest in the world.

California, with some of the strictest climate controls in the nation, has been at the forefront of the renewable energy sector.