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“Saying you’ll bring coal plants back is the past. It’s like saying you’ll bring Blockbuster back, which is the past. Horses and buggies, which is the past. Pagers back, which is the past.” Those are the words of California’s 38th governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, criticizing the Trump administration’s stance on the environment. Meanwhile California’s 34th and 39th governor, Jerry Brown, has decided to take matters into his own hands. (What can I tell you? Politics makes for strange bedfellows.) Brown is engaged in a one-state crusade, positioning California as a national and global leader in the battle to curtail climate change, amidst significant push back from the White House and Scott Pruitt at the EPA.
“The leadership role embraced by California goes to the heart of what has long been a central part of its identity. For more than three decades, California has been at the vanguard of environmental policy, passing ambitious, first-in-the-nation measures on pollution control and conservation that have often served as models for national and even international environmental law.”
Read more about what Jerry Brown is doing in California and in countries around the world to combine sound environmental and economic policies in, “Fighting Trump on Climate, California Becomes a Global Force” by Coral Davenport and Adam Nagourney.
“Air pollution and cars were first linked in the early 1950’s by a California researcher who determined that pollutants from traffic was to blame for the smoggy skies over Los Angeles.”
Click here for a Transportation-Air Pollution Timeline
Read how air quality improvements are causing a shift in children's lung health in, "Cleaner Air Helps Children in Los Angeles Breathe Easier".
posted by Amy Levengood