'Governor Moonbeam' Vows to Launch 'Own Damn Satellite' If Donald Trump Ignores Climate Change

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

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.”

“Judged by measures of gross domestic product of over $2.2 trillion, we’re the fifth or sixth largest economy in the world and we got a lot of firepower,” said Brown. “We will set the stage. We’ll set the example. And whatever Washington thinks they are doing, California is the future.”

In the same speech, Brown blasted Rick Perry, the climate change-questioning former governor of Texas who Trump recently tapped to head the Department of Energy.


“Rick, I got some news for you,” said Brown. “California is growing a hell of a lot faster than Texas. And we’ve got more sun than you have oil.”

[Sacramento Bee]


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Bob The Builder

California did something similar with stem cell research during the Bush administration. To be fair to Bush though, he was not anti-science. Bush opposed stem cell research on ethical grounds after careful consultation with experts and reflection. The Bush administration commissioned a investigation into the state of climate science and quickly shifted its position from: the science is uncertain, to: global warming is happening but we are not going to mandate that anything be done about it.

The Trump administration seems to be shaping up to be actively anti-science, which might be a historical first.