With his latest cabinet picks, Donald Trump has strongly signaled that his administration will do little to combat climate change, which he once called a hoax invented by the Chinese. If the President-elect tries to stop climate research, however, California’s Governor has promised to fight him at every turn.
In a barnburner speech on Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown vowed to defy any attempt by the future President to “mess with” the state’s earth science programs, telling a group of geophysicists in San Francisco, “We will persevere.”
“We’ve got the scientists, we’ve got the lawyers and we’re ready to fight,” Brown told the American Geophysical Union to wild applause. “If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite.”
In a op-ed last month, a senior Trump advisor suggested gutting NASA’s vital Earth science division, which he characterized as “politically correct environmental monitoring.” On Wednesday, Brown invoked his (originally mocking) “Governor Moonbeam” nickname to illustrate California’s commitment to such research, saying, “I didn’t get that moniker for nothing.”