Global Clean Energy Ministerial Symposium
The floor opened for questions immediately after West Coast Leaders, Alaska, British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington signed a Comprehensive Agreement at the Global Clean Energy Ministerial Symposium There was a cap-n-trade question, but the big question is how any of the clean energy initiatives will go forward if Donald Trump becomes President.
Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States in the 2016 election, released an energy plan called An America-first energy plan. The PCCleads agreement is the antithesis of the Pacific Coast Climate Leadership Action clean energy plan.
At first, Governor Jerry Brown deferred, saying he had already made his feelings known (see below), so Mary Polak, Minister of Environment, British Columbia started to answer the question, but Gov Brown couldn’t help himself.
Watch the video to see what Governor Jerry Brown and others have to say about the Pacific Coast Climate Leadership Action. Below Is Donald Trump’s America First energy plan and Gov. Brown’s letter to Californians.
Part of Donald Trump’s energy plan:
We’re going to rescind all the job-destroying Obama executive actions including the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule.
We’re going to save the coal industry and other industries threatened by Hillary Clinton’s radical agenda.
I’m going to ask Trans Canada to renew its permit application for the Keystone Pipeline.
We’re going to lift moratoriums on energy production in federal areas
We’re going to revoke policies that impose unwarranted restrictions on new drilling technologies. These technologies create millions of jobs with a smaller footprint than ever before.
Cancellation of regulation that is outdated, unnecessary, bad for workers, or contrary to the national interest. We will also eliminate duplication, provide regulatory certainty, and trust local officials and residents.
Any future regulation will go through a simple test: is this rule good for the American worker? If it doesn’t pass this test, the law will not be approved.
According to the Institute for Energy Research [IER is a non-profit organization registered by Charles G. Koch and Robert L. Bradley Jr.], lifting the restrictions on American energy will create a flood of new jobs:
Almost a $700 billion increase in annual economic output over the next 30 years.
More than a $30 billion increase in annual wages over the next seven years.
Over the next four decades, more than $20 trillion in additional economic activity and $6 trillion in new tax revenue.
A Trump Administration will develop an America First energy plan. Here is how this plan will make America Wealthy:
American energy dominance will be declared as a strategic economic and foreign policy goal of the United States.
America has 1.5 times as much oil as the combined proven resources of all OPEC countries; we have more Natural Gas than Russia, Iran, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia Combined; we have three times more coal than Russia. Our total untapped oil and gas reserves on federal lands equal an estimated $50 trillion.
We will become, and stay, entirely independent of any need to import energy from the OPEC cartel or any nations hostile to our interests.
At the same time, we will work with our Gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy.
We will use the revenues from energy production to rebuild our roads, schools, bridges and public infrastructure. Cheaper energy will also boost American agriculture.
We will get the bureaucracy out of the way of innovation so that we can pursue all forms of energy. Including renewable energies and the technologies of the future. It includes nuclear, wind and solar power – but not to the exclusion of other energy. The government should not pick winners and losers. Instead, it should remove obstacles to exploration. Any market has ups and downs, but lifting these draconian barriers will ensure that we are no longer at the mercy of global markets.
An Open Letter to California Democrats and Independents
Posted by Jerry Brown 26pc on May 31, 2016
On Tuesday, June 7, I have decided to cast my vote for Hillary Clinton because I believe this is the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump.
I have closely watched the primaries and am genuinely impressed with how well Bernie Sanders has done. He has driven home the message that the top one percent has unfairly captured way too much of America’s wealth, leaving the majority of people far behind. In 1992, I attempted a similar campaign.
For her part, Hillary Clinton has convincingly made the case that she knows how to get things done and has the tenacity and skill to advance the Democratic agenda. Voters have responded by giving her approximately 3 million more votes – and hundreds of more delegates – than Sanders. If Clinton were to win only 10 percent of the remaining delegates – wildly improbable – she would still exceed the number needed for the nomination. In other words, Clinton’s lead is insurmountable, and Democrats have shown – by millions of votes – that they want her as their nominee.
But there is more at stake than mere numbers. The Republican candidate, Donald Trump, has called climate change a “hoax” and said he would tear up the Paris Climate Agreement. He has promised to deport millions of immigrants and ominously suggested that other countries may need the nuclear bomb. He has also pledged to pack the Supreme Court with only those who please the extreme right.
The stakes couldn’t be higher. Our country faces an existential threat from climate change and the spread of nuclear weapons. A new cold war is on the horizon. No time for Democrats to keep fighting each other. The general election has already begun. Hillary Clinton, with her long experience, particularly since Secretary of State, has a firm grasp of the issues and will be prepared to lead our country on day one.
Next January, I want to be sure that it is Hillary Clinton who takes the oath of office, not Donald Trump.