Mary D. Nichols

Mary D. Nichols chairs California’s Air Resources Board. She is accompanying Governor Jerry Brown on his trip to China.  

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Trump’s Folly -- and How California Will Push Ahead

The state has shown, and will continue to show, how converting to clean energy sources generates jobs.

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AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli California Governor Jerry Brown speaks at the state Chamber of Commerce in Sacramento. D onald Trump may have just handed Democrats a tool they can use to win the midterm congressional elections as well as the next presidential election. Until now, the Republican Party as a whole has rejected or minimized climate science and opposed any action to address the crisis. Democrats with a few exceptions have been tepid at best in their embrace of the issue. In his full-throated Rose Garden announcement that he is taking the U.S. out of the Paris agreement, the President relied on a jobs-vs.-environment duality that a large majority of Americans in both red and blues states have rejected. He also showed surprising willingness to undermine the interests of the Republican business establishment, as well as his complete lack of interest in science, international opinion, or economic reality. Fortunately, if the Trump administration begins the formal withdrawal process...